School of Hotel Administration
U.S. hospitality’s cross-cultural embrace
Highlights from the latest issue of Hotelie magazine:
- Insights from Innovators: Adam Weissenberg ’85 talks global real estate with Professor Jan deRoos ’78, MS ’80, PhD ’94
- Real-life Eloises: Three Hotelies reminisce about their hotel childhoods
- A welcome strategy for America: The U.S. travel industry lobbies for visa reform and a new American attitude toward international visitors
- Tapping the Chinese travel market: George Cao MMH ’96 and Jens Thraenhart MMH ’00 offer a wealth of insights for digital marketers
- Food for a red planet: Senior lecturer Rupert Spies helps NASA learn how to feed body and soul when home is a lonely space station on Mars
- Barbara Lang ’78 MPS ’04 sails the world for food
As the first and best training ground for future leaders of the hospitality industry, the School of Hotel Administration has been driving the world’s largest industry forward for nearly 100 years. Through Cornell’s sesquicentennial and beyond, we are committed to maintaining our position at the top.
Our Goals & Plan
SHA has set clear goals to achieve our vision of continued excellence. The plan includes expanding academic opportunities and maintaining careful stewardship of SHA resources.
- SHA Annual Fund
- Faculty Renewal
- Undergraduate Scholarship
- Program Support
- Centers & Institute
SHA Annual Fund
No gift benefits the School of Hotel Administration as broadly as one made to the annual fund. Meeting the current, daily needs of the school, the fund helps us send students to industry conferences, recruit renowned faculty who are trained in research, and provide those faculty with the resources they need to conduct studies and turn out findings that are critical to the hospitality industry. In 2011-12, more than 1,140 individuals made annual fund gifts, for a total of $1.43 million in current-use cash. This amount, which is greater than the yearly payout from a $25 million endowment, is a remarkable example of the cumulative power of even modest annual giving.
Like all of Cornell, SHA is facing a high rate of faculty turnover as the baby boom generation moves toward retirement. We are committed to building a faculty of trained researchers and outstanding instructors who are regarded, by both the industry and academia, as the most distinguished in hospitality management. In the past five years, SHA has recruited an excellent cadre of lecturers and assistant professors, plus a select number of exceptional senior faculty members. Through the university’s sesquicentennial, we will continue to build a faculty whose intellectual and pedagogical contributions will ensure the relevance and prominence of our academic program and industry outreach for decades to come.
Endowed scholarships help us maintain our policies of need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid, making it possible to admit students solely on the basis of their potential to succeed. These policies ensure that we have a student body that is intelligent, culturally and socioeconomically diverse, leadership-oriented, entrepreneurial, and—most importantly—passionate about the hospitality industry.
SHA maintains its reputation as the world’s premier hospitality management program though the quality of its academic programs. A gift in support of Hotel Ezra Cornell, the Hotel Leadership Development Program, the Master of Management in Hospitality program, or another of the school’s signature programs helps ensure that SHA continues to offer a one-of-a-kind academic experience.
Centers & Institute
The school’s three outward-facing enterprises produce cutting-edge knowledge through research and outreach to the industry:
The Center for Hospitality Research: Powered by 81 corporate partners and friends, CHR unites faculty scholars and industry leaders to create research that propels the industry forward.
The Center for Real Estate and Finance: The school’s home for real estate, CREF educates students, creates and disseminates knowledge, and exchanges information to a broad set of audiences about all areas of commercial real estate.
The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship: At PIHE, students work with experienced entrepreneurs and faculty to develop the knowledge and skills to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
To ensure that Statler Hall and the Statler Hotel continue to serve as state-of-the-art facilities for the teaching of a world class hospitality education, we constantly seek opportunities to renovate, restore, and upgrade our spaces for teaching and learning. Recent projects include the Marriott Student Learning Center and the Capital Markets Teaching Lab.
Faculty in the Media
Highlights from the SHA
Life is service–the one who progresses is the one who gives his fellow men a little more–a little better service.
Hospitality management programs aren’t found in many universities in general, and thanks to the financial aid I receive, I am able to learn from one of the best in the world. Attending Cornell would simply not be possible for me without financial aid, and every day I am thankful for the opportunities I am given here.
I think what the school does well and continues to do is that we teach management science and yet we respect the craft and traditions enough to be able to bring those in, celebrate those, and make them a part of what we do. I was in love with the school. This is why I came to Cornell.
As someone who has benefited from an education at Cornell, I can think of no better way to express my appreciation than to support professorships that will provide for the education of future generations. An endowment is a one-time gift that keeps on giving.
After learning about Cornell’s holistic approach to financial aid, I came to believe that I could realistically attend an Ivy League institution. It is not only an honor but also a feeling of empowerment to be given such great opportunities. I hope one day to have the opportunity to impact the lives of future Cornellians in the same way that my life has been impacted.
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School of Hotel Administration Contacts
Meg Keilbach '88
Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs & Development