School of Hospitality Administration

The School of Hospitality Administration (SHA) is a young school blessed with proud traditions, the most important of which is a passion for hospitality.

We began our work—preparing talented young people for careers as executives and managers within industries related to travel and food—in 1981, as part of BU’s Metropolitan College. In 2004, we became a freestanding, degree-granting BU school.

Today we are 425 students taught by seven full-time faculty members and another dozen adjuncts teaching specialized offerings. We require our students to go through a rigorous internship program that amounts to some 800 hours of practical work. From managing lodging properties to food service enterprises, to travel and tourism organizations, to event and entertainment venues, SHA prepares students for leadership roles in the hospitality industry without ever losing sight of the human connection that is the centuries-old foundation of all hospitality: service to others.

Campaign Priorities

Naming the School

A gift of $15 million or more will secure perpetual naming rights to the School itself, one of the few top-tier hospitality management schools still available for this opportunity. Honoring someone by having a school at a major research university named for them confers special standing among their peers, their friends and family, and the larger society; it is an honor that will last for generations to come.

Faculty support

Two endowed faculty chairs ($2.5 million apiece) will allow us to recruit, attract, and retain the very best hospitality management faculty members who will specialize in applied research and teaching. Endowing faculty chairs is the strongest commitment a donor can make in support of our goal to achieve academic excellence.

Educational and programming initiatives

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings influential hospitality industry leaders to the School for a day of personal interaction with SHA students. This named endowment fund of $1 million will be used by the School to underwrite the series and guarantee that it will continue to attract top hospitality business executives from around the globe.

An additional commitment of $100,000 will establish an Executive-in-Residence Program. SHA will invite a senior industry leader to become a member of the faculty with the meaningful opportunity to impact students directly by teaching courses, conducting industry lectures, and mentoring students on campus each fall semester.