Hospitality and sport business management are dynamic, global and ever-expanding industries. Our programs cover hospitality operations – hotels, restaurants and events – hospitality business analytics, sport management and healthcare management.

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Becoming a leader in the hospitality industry
In this video, hear from faculty, students and alumni as they talk about how the Hospitality and Sport Business Management program transforms students through hands-on experience.
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Academic Programs



Hospitality and Sport Business Management Leadership Advisory Board
Chair: Michele Metrinko-Rollins
Rollins Jamaica, Ltd.
Robert Ashby ’77
Ashby Hospitality Group
Robert Buccini
Co-Founder and Co-President
Buccini/Pollin Group
Mireille Cottle
Vice President of Human Resources
StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities, Inc.
Jim Donofrio
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
NBC Sports
Scott Ellman ‘07
Eastdil Secured
Vince DiFonzo, CHA
TKo Hospitality
Lewis Fader
Retired, Past Senior Vice President Operations, Eastern US & Canada
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Allan Fernandes ’92
Vice President – Global Safety & Risk Control
Skip Fox
Retired-past President
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Michael Gershenfeld
Sysco Eastern Maryland, LLC
Plato Ghinos
Shaner Hotel Group
Robert Gilbert
President and CEO
Robert Grimes
Chairman & CEO
Constrata Tech Consulting
Michael Hartmann
Managing Director
Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality
Jean Leahy Jakoby
VP Global Sales
Pepsi Co Foodservice
Paula Kelly ’92
General Manager
Merion Golf Club
Xavier Teixido ’03
Harry’s Hospitality Group
David Lasus ’03
Chief Executive Officer
Heart + Paw
Lisa Murray
Executive Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer, Octagon
Gary Price
Executive Vice President, Operations
Love’s Travel Stops
Prashanth Radhakrishnan
Vice President, Customer, Marketing & Digital Analytics
Marriott International


  • UD Students Give Championship Effort At National Golf Tournament - Lerner students catered to eager golf fans who flocked to Wilmington to see the top 70 golfers play. Championship golf brought more than 100,000 spectators.
  • My Summer Internship: Lauren Whiteman - Lauren Whitman, Class of 2023, hospitality business management major with minors in event management and beverage management, spent her summer as a rotational intern at Myers Park Country Club.
  • Welcome Back To Vita Nova! - Vita Nova had to pivot because of COVID-19 and set a goal to maintain great food and great service. Two new executive chefs will see to it.
  • Lerner Graduate Student Stories: Ami Nagase - Ami Nagase is a candidate for the master’s of science in hospitality business management at UD’s Lerner College. Nagase shared how this program has impacted her and what she plans to do next.
  • Lifelong Lerner: Carly Burns - Carly Burns, a member of UD’s Lerner Class of 2022, shared her favorite UD memories, how she has grown during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.