Venka Pyle

Vita Nova

Department: Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
Campus Address: 250 Arthur Trabant University Ctr.
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-0500


Venka Pyle, a native of Oslo, Norway, has nearly 10 years of experience in fine dining as owner/operator of two restaurants. Her hands-on experience included working as maître d’, bartender, server and beverage manager. As a business manager, Venka was responsible for staff training, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, tax preparations and cash flow management. Venka has a Master's degree in Business & Economics from The Norwegian School of Management (BI), with specialization in international business and logistics.

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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