Bernd Mayer


Department: Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
Campus Address: Arthur Trabant University Ctr.
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-0501


Bernd Mayer joined the HRIM faculty at the University of Delaware in 2004. As dining room manager of the student-operated restaurant, Vita Nova, Mayer is preparing UD's 400 HRIM students for careers in restaurant service in the U.S. and overseas.

Mayer spent three years as an apprentice in the mid-1950s and graduated from the Hotel Trade School in Bad Uberkingen, Germany before becoming a waiter at Europe's five-star hotels. He worked almost a half-century in the restaurant business in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Bermuda and the United States, and oversaw 4,000 events a year as longtime banquet manager at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.

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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