Hospitality is a dynamic, global and ever-expanding industry. Our programs cover not only the dominant areas of hospitality operations – hotels, restaurants and events – but also 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 Business Management program transforms students through hands-on experience.
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Academic Programs



Hospitality 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 Human Resources – Talent Management
Marriott International – The Americas
Jim Donofrio
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
NBC Sports
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 Operating Officer
Insomnia Cookies
Lisa Murray
Executive Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer, Octagon
Gary Price
Executive Vice President, Operations
Love’s Travel Stops


  • My Summer Internship: Samantha Matthews - Samantha Matthews, Class of 2020, majoring in hospitality industry management, has spent her summer in the Washington DC area as a food and beverage intern.
  • Higher Prices for Longer Stays - Research from a UD professor and graduate students shows that hotels increase prices for longer stays, and looks at the implications of the gap between this pricing and customer expectations.
  • Meeting Demands of the World’s Largest Industry - UD has announced a new four-year doctoral program in hospitality business analytics that will help prepare students to lead the hospitality industry using the latest data analytics technology.
  • A sport management service legacy - UD’s Tim DeSchriver received the North American Society for Sport Management’s 2019 Dr. Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award in recognition of the important roles he’s served in the organization.
  • Vita Nova Renovation Unveiled - President Assanis, Lerner College leadership and major donors to the project came together to celebrate the incredible updates to UD’s student-operated fine dining restaurant Vita Nova.