School of Hospitality Management

The Penn State School of Hospitality Management is home of one of the most prestigious and well-respected programs of its kind in the nation.

By combining a broad educational foundation with "real-world experiences" and other opportunities for students to hone their leadership and communication skills, the School of Hospitality Management and its predecessor programs have equipped students to become industry leaders for over 75 years.

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Michael Leven, 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year

Students, faculty and alumni attend Hospitality Executive of the Year reception

More than 100 students, 10 faculty members and 50 alumni attended the 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year reception presented by the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) in New York City where PSHRS named Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, as Hospitality Executive of the Year.


Students visit Hilton Worldwide headquarters

Students visit Hilton Worldwide, learn from corporate executives

Students enrolled in Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) witnessed first-hand the operations of a major hospitality corporation, Hilton Worldwide, as part of an engaged scholarship opportunity.


Hospitality Industry Advisory Board opens doors for students

Plato Ghinos, president of Shaner Hotel Group and member of Penn State's School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board, speaks with students in the lobby of Keller Building on the University Park campus.

Three years ago, the Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Industry Advisory Board was formed, allowing industry experts to strategically advise SHM on industry trends and guide students who are studying the field.

Since then, the 36-member board — which includes vice presidents and senior vice presidents with large companies and executive vice presidents, chief operating officers and CEO’s of smaller companies — has opened many doors for SHM students. Read more about the board and its impact.


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