Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Faculty & Staff

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Naveed Baqir
Assistant Professor

Alba Bates
Administrative Assistant IV

Srikanth Beldona
Associate Professor Director of Graduate Studies. Hospitality Business Management


Ronald P. Cole
Assistant Professor


Fred J. DeMicco
Professor and ARAMARK Chair

Joe DiGregorio
Executive Chef and Director of Education


Deborah L. Ellingsworth
Chef Instructor

Jacqueline Evans
Administrative Assistant


Sheryl Kline
Chairperson, Professor of HRIM

Francis Kwansa
Associate Chairperson, Associate Professor


Donna Laws
Business Administrator


Bernd Mayer

Brian Miller
Associate Professor


Robert Nelson
Associate Professor


Ali Poorani
Associate Professor

Venka Pyle
Manager, Vita Nova


Paul J. Sestak
Associate Professor

Bill Sullivan
Adjunct Instructor


Joanne Jung-Eun Yoo
Assistant Professor

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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