The Hospitality Management program is the only four-year program in Ohio accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. The curriculum combines specialty classes in hospitality and business management, preparing graduates for well-compensated positions as managers in restaurants, hotels, conference centers, country clubs and other hospitality venues.
This year’s Schwebel Lecture speaker is author Jacob Tomsky of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Heads in Beds. The event will take place on Thursday, April 16 from 4-5 p.m. in Oscar Ritchie Hall, room 214, on the Kent campus. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public, and no reservations required.
Tomsky is a hotel industry expert who has been in the business for over a decade. Global Gurus noted him as one of the “World’s Top 30 Hospitality Professionals for 2014.” Tomsky’s vast experience in hotels has allowed him to work through all the ups and downs of the service industry. Pulling from his real-life experiences, Tomsky amuses readers with his tales of various positions from serving as frontdesk man, valet parker, sheet folder and more. Readers are presented to a full spectrum of hotel workings, from the inside and outside views.
A Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management prepares leaders for careers in major hospitality industry segments, through academic and research programs valuing quality of life, business success, collaborative partnerships, creative approaches, and ethical principles.
A Master of Science in hospitality and tourism management is a combined master's degree that builds off of the Hospitality Management and Recreation, Park and Tourism Management undergraduate programs. The program develops students' critical analysis skills, research ability, and understanding of advanced hospitality and tourism issues.
The hospitality management industry is experiencing a period of large growth. The National Restaurant Association projects that the number of foodservice management positions to increase eight percent from 2010–2020. Nearly two million additional jobs are expected in restaurants and foodservice by 2016.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a three percent increase in hotel and lodging managers, and a 13 percent increase in casino hotel managers from 2008–2018.
Hospitality managers' salaries range from $40,000–$150,000 depending on experience, education, and the kind of hospitality property.