Welcome from the General Manager
Welcome to the Statler Hotel! We are proud to cater to the hospitality needs of the Cornell community while acting in a unique, active educational role for the School of Hotel Administration (SHA).
Founding dean Howard Meek conceived the idea of a "practice hotel" to complement the hospitality curriculum and, in 1950, the 36-room Statler Inn opened on campus. Since that time, SHA student employees have been actively engaged in delivering a unique brand of hospitality to the Statler's guests. In several courses, they work in the hotel to enhance their classroom learning. Many leaders of the hospitality industry held their first jobs at the Statler.
In time, the Statler Inn was replaced by the 153-room Statler Hotel in tandem with its increasing integration into SHA's educational mission. Today, about 200 SHA students are part-time hotel employees, working side by side with professional staff members, earning both income and experience.
More than 60 students participate in the Hotel Leadership Development Program, working toward manager and director positions in the hotel while carrying a full course load. At graduation, HLDP students are highly sought after by hospitality companies because of their significant front-line supervisory experience.
The Statler Hotel staff is proud to host many of Cornell's important annual events—these functions give us the opportunity to showcase our talented students and staff. We consistently receive positive feedback from our customers, but our proudest accomplishment remains giving tomorrow's leaders in hospitality a platform from which to launch their distinguished careers.
- Richard D. Adie '75, general manager of the Statler Hotel