|Office of the Dean
Dean: Dennis Reynolds, PhD, Cornell University
Associate Dean of Academics: Mary Dawson, EdD, University of Houston
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies: Ki-Joon Back, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Assistant Dean for Business Development: Jon C. Schultz, BS, Cornell University
General Manager, Hilton Hotel @ University of Houston: Fernando Cuéllar, BS, Oklahoma State University
Director of Career Development & Placement: Lori Osborn, MS, New Mexico State University
Director of International Programs: Jennifer Glickman, MED., Northeastern University
The mission of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston is to prepare individuals for industry management and leadership by providing a quality hospitality education and ongoing professional development, as well as to be recognized globally as a premier learning environment through teaching, research and service excellence.
The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management is rated among the world’s premier hospitality education programs and offers a Master of Science (MS) in Hospitality Management, a PhD in Hospitality Administration, an MS in Global Hospitality Business in partnership with Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a joint MS/MBA in partnership with the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business, and a dual BS/MS. Hilton College’s graduate programs endeavor to broaden students’ understanding of the hospitality industry and to prepare them for administration and management roles in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, and other hospitality industry entities.
The Conrad N. Hilton College is housed in a $28.8 million complex, providing an unequaled environment for study of the hospitality industry. Included in the facility are the 86-room Hilton University of Houston Hotel and 40,000 sq. ft. of conference center and banquet facilities; two full-service restaurants; a cocktail lounge; a coffee shop; class and seminar rooms; three ballrooms; a hospitality library and archives; extensive laboratories for product development, evaluation, and testing and facilities for quantity food production, culinary and food demonstration that are enhanced by state-of-the-art hospitality technology and food service systems. Also included is the Don and Kathy Sanders Interactive Studio for Global Education, a state-of-the-art video conferencing facility with the capability to reach multiple distant locations for credit and non-credit course work associated with the degrees offered by the college.
In addition, the Conrad N. Hilton College is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States. With a population of over four million people and some of the finest hotels, restaurants, and clubs in the nation, Houston offers a wealth of resources and opportunities to the hospitality student.
Research at the Conrad N. Hilton College
The Conrad N. Hilton College has initiated several innovative research programs that demonstrate its determination to serve the hospitality industry, and society as a whole, in meaningful ways relevant to current practices and trends. In 1996, the College initiated the first international Conference on Graduate Education and Graduate Students Research in Hospitality and Tourism, which is held at the University of Houston campus every three years. This conference provides a forum for the exchange of information on graduate education and research to faculty and graduate students in hospitality and tourism programs representing over 60 universities in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.
The Conrad N. Hilton College also has several research centers and institutes which serve the industry and academic community with information needs:
- The Wine and Spirits Management Institute (W&SMI)
- The American Hotel & Lodging Association Information Office
- The Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Research Office
The Conrad N. Hilton College Alumni Association (CHCAA) is one of 22 constituent alumni organizations affiliated with the University of Houston Alumni Organization (HAO), which is a forum for professional and social interaction to promote active involvement of the Conrad N. Hilton College in the association. For more information, contact the Hilton College director of alumni at (713) 743-1591.