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Colin Noble to speak at December commencement

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Colin Noble, president and chief executive officer of Noble Hospitality, will be the speaker at College of Human Ecology commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 when 219 students receive undergraduate degrees.

Commencement will be at 2:30 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

Colin Noble

Colin Noble

Based in Kansas City, Noble’s company manages more than 100 hotels in 19 states throughout the United States and in Canada. Noble has founded and operated businesses in many countries around the world, including his native Northern Ireland.

He helped establish the Noble-McCants Study Abroad Award for Northern Ireland in the College of Human Ecology. The funds enable students to participate in Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland, a study in international conflict and trauma that examines the historical, political and religious roots of Northern Ireland’s conflicts and the prospects for continued and sustainable peace.

Noble has served on the hospitality management program advisory board.

Noble's charitable work includes Childreach International. He has completed many projects in Africa, including building two health clinics in isolated areas of Zambia, installing water pumps in remote villages, building schools and building a library for the hotel school in Zambia. He also created the Noble Hospitality International Student Training Program which helps students from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Noble's most recent project was to send a fire truck from Manhattan to Lusaka, Zambia.

This article was posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Kinesiology.