Fred DeMicco

Professor and ARAMARK Chair

Department: Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
Campus Address: 115 Raub Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6077



Dr. Fred DeMicco is Professor and ARAMARK Chair in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at the University of Delaware. Formerly, he was Associate Director in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management at Penn State University, where he was Professor-in-Charge of the HRIM undergraduate program (and graduate program for five years), and presently is a Conti Distinguished Professor at the Pennsylvania State University's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management.

Dr. DeMicco‘s interest is international strategic management and innovation. He has worked on projects with ARAMARK for the last four Summer Olympics (Atlanta, Australia, Athens and Beijing).

He completed his Ph.D. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1996, he completed a sabbatical in Hotel Management at Walt Disney World, Florida. Dr DeMicco also obtained a Ducktorate Degree from Disney University.

He is on the Editorial Board of the Hospitality Research Journal, as well as author and co-author of more than 100 publications in the area of hospitality and tourism management. Dr. DeMicco is co-editor along with Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu of the HOSTEUR™ magazine, a unique faculty, student and industry journal. Dr. DeMicco is ranked 12th among the 119 most cited international hospitality faculty, and he is tied for 37th (with Harvard’s Michael Porter) as a scholar most cited by hospitality education faculty. He is on the boards of the Delaware Restaurant Association, Delaware Hotel & Lodging Association and I-CHRIE. Dr. DeMicco has taught and conducted research in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia/NZ, China, and the Caribbean (including cruise ships). He has co-authored, with James Keiser, Cihan Cobanoglu with Robert N. Grimes, a textbook published by Prentice-Hall, Contemporary Management Theory: Controlling and Analyzing Costs in Foodservice Operations (5th edition). The book is used at approximately 100 CHRIE-affiliated universities and has been translated into Japanese.

Presently, Dr. DeMicco is co-author with Dr. Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies for the book Hospitality 2015: The Future of Hospitality and Tourism, which looks at trends for the tourism hospitality and travel industry (EI of the AH&LA 2010).

In 2008, Dr DeMicco received the AH&LA Educational Institute’s Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding United States Educator.

He was also recognized by LODGING Magazine as the Lodging Industry’s Top Education Innovator for 2006.

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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