Sturman Named Director of Cornell Center for Hospitality Research

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Sturman Named Director of Cornell Center for Hospitality Research  

Ithaca, NY, November 18, 2013 - Michael C. Sturman has been named the new director of the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. The appointment was announced by Dean Michael Johnson, who explained that Sturman is overseeing a broader reorganization of the school's centers and institutes to better serve both academics and industry practitioners.

In addition to his new role as CHR director, Sturman is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and is The Kenneth and Marjorie Blanchard Professor of Human Resources. Widely published in human resources journals, his research focuses on the prediction of individual job performance over time and the influence of compensation systems.

"I want to express my appreciation to outgoing director Robert Kwortnik for beginning the strategic reorganization of our centers and institutes," said Sturman. "The CHR will continue to be the school's major driver of hospitality-related research, and we will work in conjunction with the new Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations and the ongoing Center for Real Estate and Finance, as well as the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. Together, our centers and institutes are building on the school's long-term commitment to the hospitality industry."

Founded in 1992, the CHR's operating model is unmatched by any other university center, as it provides the industry, researchers, and students with a stream of research at no charge, thanks to the support of a group of forward thinking industry partners.                                       

About The Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. Under the lead of the center's 77 corporate affiliates, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operating practices. To learn more about the center and its projects, visit

Center Senior Partners: Accenture, ASAE Foundation, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Hilton Worldwide, National Restaurant Association, SAS, STR, and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Center Partners: Davis & Gilbert LLP, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, Denihan Hospitality Group, Duetto, Expedia, Inc., Forbes Travel Guide, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fox Rothschild LLP, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Intel Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Group, LRP Publications, Maritz, Marriott International, Inc., Marsh's Hospitality Practice, McDonald's USA,, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Proskauer, ReviewPro, Revinate, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Sathguru Management Consultants (P) Ltd., Schneider Electric, Travelport, TripAdvisor, and Wyndham Hotel Group

Center Friends: • Berkshire Healthcare • Center for Advanced Retail Technology • Cleverdis • Complete Seating • Cruise Industry News • DK Shifflet & Associates • eCornell & Executive Education • • EyeforTravel • The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) • Gerencia de Hoteles & Restaurantes • Global Hospitality Resources • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) • • • Hospitality Technology Magazine • • HRH Group of Hotels Pvt. Ltd. • International CHRIE • International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) • iPerceptions • J.D. Power and Associates • The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts • The Lemon Tree Hotel Company • Lodging Hospitality • Lodging Magazine • LRA Worldwide, Inc. • Milestone Internet Marketing • MindFolio • Mindshare Technologies • The Park Hotels • PKF Hospitality Research • Questex Hospitality Group • RateGain • The Resort Trades • • Shibata Publishing Co. • Sustainable Travel International • UniFocus • WIWIH.COM