The Talented, Visionary Individuals at the Nolan School’s Helm 

The leaders of the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration are a dynamic, diverse group of the brightest minds in hospitality. The Cornell Nolan School leadership includes exceptional educators and researchers. They are committed to continuously innovating the hospitality educational experience to prepare tomorrow’s industry leaders, ensuring that Hotelies continue to lead the way. 

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Meet Our Dean

A consummate educator, Dean Kate Walsh brings her vision, insight, and passion to the leadership of the Nolan School. Dean Walsh is laser-focused on ensuring Nolan School graduates are well prepared to be innovating, creating, and leading the future of one of the most dynamic industries around the world. Dean Walsh exemplifies the service-oriented values of the Hotelie community—and is a Hotelie herself. 


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Our Holistic Approach to Diversity and Inclusion, Embracing All

We strive to ensure that every member of the Nolan School community feels valued, included, and that they belong in every way. Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion leadership offers a wide range of engaging programs to help every student succeed academically and socially, from clubs to networking and diversity events to roundtables with faculty and staff.


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The Dean’s Executive Team: The Nolan School’s Dynamic Leadership

An impressive group of accomplished professionals, the Dean’s executive team is dedicated to ensuring that your Nolan School experience is stimulating, fulfilling, and transformational. They’re hard at work perfecting the curriculum, forging relationships with industry, and ensuring the Nolan School is at the forefront of hospitality—all to provide you a truly one-of-a-kind educational experience.


The Dean’s Advisory Board: The Best in the Business

An incredible group of top hospitality industry leaders, including CEOs and real estate owners and investors, the Dean’s Advisory Board includes generations of Hotelies, who are also corporate leaders from every facet of hospitality. Get acquainted with the remarkable global professionals who share their expertise and insight to help guide our school. 


The Dean’s Council of Young Alumni: Keeping the Nolan School at the Forefront

This group of rising industry stars is dedicated to supporting students and fostering the Nolan School’s growth, providing an ear to the ground for industry trends, advising on curriculum, and offering career mentoring to current students. 


The Dean’s Student Advisory Board: Future Industry Leaders

A dedicated group of student leaders, the Dean’s Student Advisory Board identifies initiatives to strengthen the Nolan School community. Working closely with Dean Walsh, these students provide guidance to their peers, as well as offer ideas and suggestions to the faculty. The Student Advisory Board has developed initiatives such as the peer-to-peer undergraduate mentoring program, as well as the professional clothing closet: Big Red Threads. 


Keep Up with the Pulse of the Nolan School

The Nolan School BusinessFeed is a quick, convenient way to stay up to date with many of the developments at the school and its community. Read the latest happenings.

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December 4, 2023

Iconic Wines Class Gets Better with Age

"Introduction to Wines” marks 50 years of teaching Cornellians about the finer points of wine.

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November 29, 2023

Cornell Real Estate Club Visits Industry Leaders in Boston

By Dhruv Jetley ’26 and Amber de Saint-Exupéry ’26 In October 2023 the Cornell Real Estate Club (CREC) traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to engage with real estate industry professionals at […]

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November 17, 2023

Brown Butter Rises to the Top at Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition

Jonah Gershon ’24 won the eighth annual Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition for his pitch to develop spekld, brown butter in a stick.

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