Cornell alum/professor/dean and author Glenn Altschuler to speak at 90th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell

Feb 24, 2015

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Ithaca, NY - Glenn Altschuler—an author and Cornell University alumnus, professor, and dean—will speak at the 90th Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC). He plans to discuss highlights from his book, Cornell: A History, 1940-2015, and share insights on Cornell University's global outreach over the past 35 years. Altschuler’s talk will be at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015 in the Alice Statler Auditorium. The presentation is open to the public.

HEC is an annual weekend-long educational conference, a 90-year tradition at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA), put on by the students for hospitality industry leaders. Alumni, industry professionals, and professors speak in a series of panels while students showcase their hospitality education. This year's conference, HEC 90, will take place March 19-22.

Altschuler received his PhD from Cornell University in 1976 and has since played an active role in university affairs. He is chair of the Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, and co-author of Cornell: A History, 1940-2015. The book profiles Cornell University during transformative years in America's history. It spans to the modern-day creation of the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

Outside of Cornell, Altschuler has written over 800 scholarly essays and was a contributing columnist for the New York Times for four years. Altschuler has columns in Forbes and Psychology Today as well. In addition to Cornell: A History 1940-2015, he co-wrote Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the Nineteenth Century and All Shook Up: How Rock 'n' Roll Changed America.

Taylor Meadows '16, HEC 90 programs director, said, "Glenn was chosen to open the weekend because we wanted to set the stage for celebrating the history of the School of Hotel Administration by first having an overview of the university to set the backdrop for the weekend." She says he will help introduce the Deans' Panel and honor the university's unique past.

HEC welcomes Altschuler as an important speaker in light of the theme of HEC 90, "...and the rest is history!" This theme pays tribute to the university's history and the establishment of the School of Hotel Administration.

"Glenn Altschuler will add to the program by aiding alumni in reminiscing while also teaching non-alumni about Cornell," Meadows added.

About the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University
The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research, and industry advancement. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit