Hospitality School High on ‘Best Program’ List

The International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management ranks number four on TheBestSchools.org website’s list of the “20 Best Hospitality Programs,” keeping company at the top with Cornell and Michigan State universities and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. TheBestSchools.org, a higher-education resource, released the list in February, http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2012/20/20-hospitality-programs-united-states/ .


Richard Wisch,
associate dean of
Petrocelli College
and director,
International School
of Hospitality and
Tourism Management
(Metro/Flor).

“Our school is extremely elated and honored to receive this noteworthy recognition,” says Richard Wisch, associate dean of Petrocelli College and director, International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Metro/Flor). “It validates our ongoing efforts to provide our students with an excellent professional education, one which affords them an ability to become highly productive practitioners and leaders in our industry.”

Rankings for each school are based on criteria including “academic quality, awards, reputation, rankings, facilities and internship opportunities.”

“The International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management provides an exceptional learning environment,” says Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor). “This recognition reinforces the fact that Fairleigh Dickinson University has one of the elite hospitality programs in the United States. Congratulations to the faculty and administration for ranking fourth out of 250 hospitality programs. Since receiving the honorable recognition from TheBestSchools.org, we have had a significant increase in both phone and email inquiries about our program,” he adds.

Rated by the Princeton Review’s “Gourman Report” as one of the top four-year hospitality management programs in the United States, the program offers classes at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus and College at Florham, and four off-site New Jersey locations: Atlantic City, Jersey City, Mercer County and Ocean County.

The school offers a bachelor of science in hospitality and tourism management, a hospitality concentration within the bachelor of arts in individualized studies and a master of science in hospitality management.

The International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, founded in 1942, is the oldest program of its type in the New York metropolitan area and one of the oldest in the United States.


At the event, College at Florham
students Joseph Masucci, left,
served as culinary director, and
Theresa Dill was student
marketing coordinator.

The school’s annual scholarship/student benefit dinner celebrated the school’s 70th anniversary and its more than 3,300 graduates on March 4 at the Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, N.J. The event not only showcased student talent in the culinary arts and related hospitality-service areas, but also generated funds for the University’s growing number of hospitality and culinary students needing financial assistance in completing their FDU education. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a significant number of scholarships from corporate and industry contacts. The cocktail hour featured foods from local farms, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

“This year’s Scholarship Dinner was exceptional,” Vehrkens added. “All of the participating students, faculty and administrators of the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management demonstrated why Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked so highly.


Left photo: Richard Wisch, right, associate dean of Petrocelli College and director, International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Metro/Flor), and Sarah Bachynsky, Bergen County (N.J.) Bailliage, Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™, hold a $10,000 check from Chaîne to the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Center photo: Sarah Bachynsky, right, Bergen County (N.J.) Bailliage, Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™, congratulates Metropolitan Campus student Derrick Gagner, recipient of the Chaîne scholarship.

Right photo: Among those who attended the dinner were, from left, Donald Hoover, hospitality management (Metro), and Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor).

March 2012

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Flor = College at Florham,
Madison, NJ

Metro = Metropolitan Campus,
Teaneck, NJ

Van = FDU-Vancouver,
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wrox = Wroxton College,
Wroxton, England

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