School of Hospitality Leadership


UW-Stout's Department of Hospitality Leadership gives students an expansive educational experience that prepares them for leadership and management opportunities in the fast-paced and cutting edge world of the hospitality industry. UW-Stout offers:

  • Recognized hospitality programs of excellence
  • Individualized attention and mentoring
  • The opportunity to work closely with innovative, industry-recognized faculty
"The University of Wisconsin-Stout Department of Hospitality Leadership offers students a world class education focused on professionalism, leadership and service. The opportunities are endless."

Our programs offer active learning in a variety of settings:

  • Active learning through real-world situations in classrooms and laboratories
  • On-site at leading companies located throughout the United States

School Chair

Dr. Kristal Gerdes
Chair, School of Hospitality Leadership
College of Management
Heritage Hall Room 429
Phone:  (715) 232-2529

Experiential Learning

Our students gain real world experience while going to school. 

Externships, or field experiences, are a required part of the curriculum. Students learn on-the-job while working at least 320 hours for leading hospitality companies throughout the United States. 

These externships are often life-changing for students and give them a competitive advantage upon graduation.