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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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Hospitality management department hires Lacy’s Fresh Fare and Catering lab coordinator
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

pishneyThe Department of Hospitality Management has announced the hiring of Holly Pishney as the new Lacy’s Lab Coordinator and Instructor. Pishney, a K-State graduate, most recently worked for Colbert Hills as the food and beverage manager. She also brings 16 years of experience in food service from the Derby Dining Complex here at K-State. Holly’s […]

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Hospitality management professor of practice joins K-State Olathe
Thursday, January 18th, 2018

OLATHE — Brett Horton is joining the Kansas State University Olathe campus as a professor of practice in hospitality management. Horton will instruct hospitality management courses to undergraduate students who enroll in an upcoming 2+2 hospitality management program. The 2+2 program will be a partnership with Kansas State University and Johnson County Community College. Through […]

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