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Dora Hotels takes over management of DePauw's Walden Inn

May 22, 2010

Indianapolis-based Dora Hotel Co. recently agreed to assume management of the Walden Inn, a 55-room hotel, restaurant and conference center on the campus of DePauw University in Greencastle. The deal becomes effective July 1.

Dora currently operates more than 20 hotels, including five in downtown Indianapolis and two adjacent to Indianapolis International Airport.

“Dora will bring active, local management and a wealth of energy to Walden Inn, which has become a DePauw institution since it opened in 1986,” said Brad Kelsheimer, vice president for finance and administration at DePauw.

Timothy J. Dora, owner of Dora Hotel Co., said his firm will roll out specific changes at the hotel in June. “We are determined to bring a more energized and exciting atmosphere to Walden Inn, making it a center for campus and community life.”

Located on the northern end of the DePauw campus and a short distance from Greencastle’s courthouse square, Walden Inn was acquired by the university in February 2005.

Since then, it has been operated by Maryland-based Sodexo, which operates hotels throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Sodexo will continue to operate Walden Inn until July 1 and after then will remain the campus food service provider (except for Walden Inn).

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