Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Faculty & Staff

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Srikanth Beldona
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Hospitality Business Management


Ronald P. Cole
Assistant Professor


Fred J. DeMicco
ARAMARK Chaired Professor

Joe DiGregorio
Executive Chef and Director of Education


Deborah L. Ellingsworth
Chef Instructor

Jacqueline Evans
Administrative Assistant


Sheryl Kline
Chairperson, Professor of HRIM

Francis Kwansa
Associate Chairperson, Associate Professor of HRIM


Donna Laws
Business Administrator


Brian Miller
Associate Professor


Robert Nelson
Associate Professor


Ali Poorani
Associate Professor

Venka Pyle
Manager, Vita Nova


Zvi Schwartz

Bill Sullivan
Adjunct Instructor


Nicholas D. Waller
Instructor and Dining Room Manager


Joanne Jung-Eun Yoo
Assistant Professor

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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