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Welcome to the Department of Hospitality Management

Kevin RobertsWelcome to the Department of Hospitality Management at Kansas State University. Our department is internationally recognized having a long history of providing exceptional student experiences through experiential learning and preparation for successful careers. We provide our students with a rigorous and comprehensive hospitality education and we are committed to serve our students.

The hospitality industry is dynamic, international and growing. When our students graduate, they not only have one but several job offers as we are delighted with a 98% post-graduation job placement rate.

If you are here for a campus visit and are interested in meeting with me or a professor to learn more about our programs and course offerings, please contact us.

Best regards,

Kevin Roberts, PhD
Interim Department Head


The roots of the K-State Hospitality Management Department can be traced back to 1952 when K-State President James A. McCain stressed the importance of establishing a restaurant management Program at K-State with Dean Margaret Justin. Dean Justin gathered a group of faculty from home economics, business administration, technical journalism, and accounting, along with industry representatives from the local community and state. Together, they developed the first restaurant management program in the state of Kansas. In the 1980s the hotel curriculum was added to the program and in 2013, the curriculum added a focused concentration in meeting, convention, and event management.