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The Department of Hospitality Management is proud to be the only program in Kansas that offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in hospitality management and is the only program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).

The Hospitality Management Department at Kansas State University will be an internationally recognized program; committed to preparing the next generation of hospitality leaders for a successful career in industry or academia by delivering a transformational educational experience through experiential learning, professionalism, international experiences, and strong partnerships with hospitality industry. 

The roots of the K-State Hospitality Management Department can be traced back to 1952 when K-State President James A. McCain stressed the importance of establishing a restaurant management Program at K-State with Dean Margaret Justin.  Dean Justin gathered a group of faculty from home economics, business administration, technical journalism, and accounting, along with industry representatives from the local community and state.  Together, they developed the first restaurant management program in the state of Kansas.  In the 1980s the hotel curriculum was added to the program and in 2013, the curriculum added a focused concentration in meeting, convention, and event management. 

Today, the programs are designed to meet the needs of the vibrant hospitality industry. If you are interested in a dynamic career in lodging; foodservice; or meeting, convention, and event management you have come to the right place.  Teaching, research, study abroad, and leadership opportunities are designed to prepare students for professional careers in our service-oriented, information-based society.  Come for a campus visit. Stay for an undergraduate or graduate degree and enhance your marketability and skills.



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Hospitality management professor of practice joins K-State Olathe
Monday, July 25th, 2016

By Greg Tammen OLATHE — Jim Storey is joining Kansas State University Olathe as a professor of practice in hospitality management, effective July 18. In the position, Storey will instruct hospitality management courses as well as coordinate resources and expertise between Kansas State University's hospitality management department, K-State Olathe and Johnson County Community College. He will […]

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Farris joins hospitality management department as student services coordinator
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Kelli Farris has joined the Department of Hospitality Management as the student services coordinator. She will serve as the primary academic advisor for undergraduates in the hospitality management program. Additionally, Farris will be teaching HM 011: Orientation to Hospitality Management, and coordinating the Hospitality Management Ambassador activities and white tent events. Farris earned her bachelor’s degree in […]

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