Cornell University's Statler Hotel promotes Chef Thomas Gisler to director of food & beverage

May 25, 2016

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Ithaca, NY, May 25, 2016 - The Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus is pleased to announce the promotion of Thomas Gisler to director of food and beverage. Gisler had served as executive chef of the Statler since 2005. In his expanded role, he will leverage his substantial culinary wisdom and experience as he oversees both front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house food-and-beverage (F&B) operations at the hotel.

Gisler's international career started at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida, continuing at the Hyatt Regency South Korea, the Grand Hyatt in Japan, and the Hyatt Regency in Cologne, Germany, where he was executive chef. Prior to joining the Statler in May 2005, he was the executive chef at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown.

"Chef Gisler came to the Statler already an accomplished professional with a distinguished career," said Richard Adie '75, general manager. "He has assembled a great culinary team that has made significant progress in all areas of our mission: customer service, financial contribution, and our students' experiential learning. This promotion is well deserved."

Added Gisler, "It has been a pleasure to serve and partner with the School of Hotel Administration, as well as the broader Cornell community and its guests, and I'm truly honored to receive this recognition. I look forward to making the most of my new responsibilities."

The Statler Hotel and the School of Hotel Administration wish Thomas Gisler well in his new role.

About the Statler Hotel
Located in the heart of the Cornell University campus in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, the Statler Hotel is not only a first-class property, but also a teaching hotel where students at the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) apply classroom learning to practical experience. More than 200 student employees work alongside seasoned professionals across all hotel and restaurant operations. The Statler Hotel bears the name of SHA's founding benefactors, Ellsworth M. Statler—a self-made millionaire who founded the largest hotel chain of his day—and his wife, Alice. The idea that a teaching hotel would greatly enhance SHA's educational value proposition dates back almost to the school's founding in 1922, but it wasn't until 1950 that the 36-room Statler Inn was completed. In 1986, it was demolished in favor of the 153-room Statler Hotel, which also boasts three restaurants, banquet rooms, and a conference center. For more information, visit

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