Hospitality Management

Welcome to the Hospitality Management program in the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management at James Madison University.  The hospitality program at JMU has been in existence since 1974.  Up until June, 2010, the program was housed in the College of Business and our students earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  In June 2012, the program was renamed as Hospitality Management (now earning a Bachelor of Science degree) and merged with Sport and Recreation Management to form the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management.  Today, our students take 16 courses (48 credit hours) of Hospitality related courses.  We feel as if the new program better prepares our students for the fast and ever changing industry by providing courses in Human Resources, Event Management, Ethical Decision-Making, Cost Control, Culinary Arts, and Leadership, to name just a few.  In addition, our students earn a business minor from the nationally acclaimed College of Business. 

We look forward to working with you in the coming years as we build a program of distinction.



Dr. Reg Foucar-Szocki Honored with Lifetime Academic Achievement Award

Dr. Reg Foucar-Szocki was recently named the winner of the 2012 Lifetime Academic Achievement Award by the Michigan State University School of Hospitality. He was recognized for his total body of accomplishments, including classroom work, professional development activities, and volunteeroutreach in the community. His wife, Diane, who teaches in the JMU College of Education, and mother, Theresa Szocki, attended the celebration, which was held on Aug. 2 during the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education Conference in Providence, RI.

The School of Hospitality Business’s Alumni Association established its Lifetime Academic Achievement Award in 2008 to honor alumni whose lifetime careers in the academy have had a lasting and significant impact on hospitality education and those who study and teach it. 

Reg has been with JMU since 1989. He served as the HTM Program Director, and as the J.W. Marriott professor and academic unit head from 1996 through 2005. He currently teaches in the School of Hospitality, Sport, and Recreation Management. Reg recognizes the importance of spending time in the industry; he has completed 12 summer internships/externships over the past 23 years.  He also served as president an

d chairman of the board for the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education from 1999 to 2001. He is the founding associate editor of Housteur magazine. He earned his master’s at the State University of College of New York, and his Ed.D. from Syracuse University.

Reg says, “I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award. Being one of the recipients is truly a most special time for me, my family, and my colleagues at JMU.” He remembers, “As a kid growing up in Western New York I was blessed to have parents who believed in learning. Via their sacrifice I was able to attend a New Eng

land Prep School and then move on to MSU. I am very proud that my grandfather was in the hospitality business running a bar and grill in my hometown and one of my uncles had a ‘beer joint.’

“I learned firsthand from my mother, Theresa, what it means to love what you do, and give back.  In her 50 + years of service to  churches and missions she has raised millions of dollars via card parties, festivals, raffles and various ways of generating funds.  I am happy to say she was able to take off work to be with us today — she currently works at the deli 4 or 5 days a week back in Silver Creek, New York as a soon-to-be 84-year-old.” 

Congratulations, Reg, on this stellar, well-deserved award!


2012 - Year in Review

This past May 2012, we concluded our second year of the new Hospitality Management Bachelor of Science Degree.  The first graduating class in the new degree will be May 2014.  Our final graduating class in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program (Bachelor of Business Administration) will be May 2013.  For information pertaining to each program and the courses offered for each degree, please go to the following undergraduate catalogs:

HM Degree - Graduating in May 2014 or later

HTM Degree - Graduating in May 2013 or before

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