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Department of Hospitality Management

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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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College of Human Ecology announces outstanding senior awards
Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The College of Human Ecology is proud to recognize the 2017 Fall Commencement outstanding senior award winners. This year’s outstanding senior award winners were nominated by faculty and staff within each of their respective programs. Three different award categories are available. The Engagement Award is given to a graduating senior(s) who has made exemplary contributions […]

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Department of Hospitality Management names Ottenbacher new department head
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Michael OttenbacherAfter a national search, Michael Ottenbacher was selected and accepted the department head position with the Department of Hospitality Management and will be a Mary L. Vanier Endowed Professor. Ottenbacher will be coming to K-State from Heilbronn University in Heilbronn, Germany, where he is a tenured professor in hospitality management and marketing. Ottenbacher looks forward […]

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