Cornell School of Hotel Administration Celebrates 85th Anniversary

no image

More than 200 alumni of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration gathered on Monday, September 24 at the Union League Club in New York City to celebrate the school's 85th anniversary. The school's five living deans attended the event, along with Cornell President David J. Skorton and several school faculty members and leaders.

Making a toast to the school's rich history and tradition, current Dean and E. M. Statler Professor Michael Johnson invoked the words of Sir Isaac Newton, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

Founded in 1922 under Dean Howard Bagnall Meek, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration was the first to offer an undergraduate hospitality management degree. Meek successfully challenged the prevailing view among hoteliers that the only way to learn the business was to work in the business. He went on to lead the school for 39 years, building a program that emphasized experiential learning, extra-curricular programs, industry research and social networking.

To read more, see Cornell coverage.

More Spotlights

Apply Now!

Apply Now for the 2018 EBV Program

Applications for the 2018 program are being accepted on a rolling-admissions basis. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early application is encouraged.

Read more »
CIHLER roundtable on Trump Administration

CIHLER roundtable anticipates changes to labor and employment relations under Trump administration

Prominent lawyers, professors, corporate managers, and union leaders gathered for a CIHLER roundtable on April 24 to discuss the direction of hospitality, labor, and employment relations under the Trump administration.

Read more »
Marco Benvenuti

Hotelie Inspires New Generation of Hotelies at DDLS

Marco Benvenuti, MMH '05, co-founder of Duetto, told students attending the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series to embrace what makes them unique.

Read more »
Statler Hotel Cornell

Online Certificate in Hospitality Management

Enroll now to develop and expand your knowledge of the many facets of hospitality management.

Read more »
Thomas Gisler, director of food and beverage for the Statler Hotel

Statler Hotel promotes Chef Thomas Gisler to director of food & beverage

Statler Hotel promotes Chef Thomas Gisler to director of food & beverage

Read more »