ITHACA, N.Y.— The Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) turns 90 today.

“The school’s history is remarkable. What began 90 years ago as a small program within the
Department of Home Economics within the College of Agriculture has educated generations of leaders for the world’s largest and most dynamic industry,” said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler professor. “While our students’ educational experience remains our foremost priority, we have developed important partnerships with the global hospitality industry through robust research and outreach programs.”

The SHA was the first program to offer an undergraduate hospitality management degree. It was also the first teaching hotel — opening as the Statler Inn in 1950; today it’s the Statler Hotel. During the years the school launched its first masters degree in 1973; was involved in creation of the Center for Hospitality Research; and recently opened the Marriott Student Learning Center.

The school administration is holding an anniversary reception today. For more information on the Cornell Hotel Society event in Washington, visit

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