Professor Paul E. Wise is the Founding Director and a Professor of the University of Delaware's Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program and serves as the program's Ambassador. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management and later received his M.B.A. from Michigan State University in Food Marketing. Professor Wise has operated restaurants and clubs in Pennsylvania, Panama and Alaska and has taught club management for Army and Air Force club managers at Fort Lee, Virginia. During the last ten years of his association with the military, he was responsible for the operation of 670 Army clubs and hotels that produced annual revenues of over $300 million.
Professor Wise is active in numerous hotel and restaurant associations. Currently he serves as Vice Chairman of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau and as a member of the Delaware Restaurant Association's Board of Directors. He is designated by the American Hotel and Motel Association as a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and as a Certified Catering Executive (CCE) by the National Association of Catering Executives. In 1988, he was chosen as the Pennsylvania State University Hotel and Restaurant Society Alumnus of the Year and was inducted into the International Military Club Executive Association Hall of Fame. The Educational Institute's Lamp of Knowledge award, in the "Outstanding Educator--Four-Year School" category was given to him in 1992 for his efforts to help the Institute better serve the needs of educators. He currently serves on the Certification Commission and Education Committee of the Educational Institute, American Hotel & Motel Association and is a member of the Institute's Board of Trustees. Professor Wise has also served as a consultant and speaker to numerous corporations and associations.