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For questions & more information contact Silvio Ceschini, M.S., CHE

Instructor of Professional Practice.

First of its kind

With an unprecedented partnership and shared vision, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and University Dining Services are partnering to develop the Leadership Program in Foodservice Excellence to cultivate future leaders with business education and skill sets in the foodservice industry. The knowledge, skills and experience acquired from this program will elevate students’ leadership and marketability to future employees.

Highlights of leadership program

  • Business degree with a focus on HTM

  • Leadership and professional development activities with mentors

  • Certified Culinarian® credentials through American Culinary Federation (optional)

  • Free OSU meal plan for 4 years (approx. $12,400)

  • Paid on-campus job for 4 years (approx. $25,600; starting at $10/hour)

  • Dedicated opportunities for generous scholarships

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Eligible applicants should

  1. Have met one of the freshmen admission requirements to Spears and HTM

      • 3.0 GPA or better unweighted cumulative AND top 33.3% rank in high school graduating class, or

      • 3.0 GPA or better in 15-unit core AND 21 ACT/1060 SAT or better, or

      • 24 ACT/1160 SAT or better

  1. Have completed OSU application for admission and scholarships.

  2. Have met one of the following criteria:

      • Be a member at one of the major culinary organizations (e.g., FCCLA, ProStart), or

      • Have competed in a culinary or service competition before application, or

      • Have completed coursework in a CareerTech approved by Family and Consumer Sciences Program, or

      • Have extensive experience/interest in the foodservice industry (subject to committee approval)

Job placement opportunities


Restaurant manager, food & beverage director, foodservice director (healthcare), and general manager/unit manager (full-service, quick-service)


Human resources manager, and restaurant business entrepreneur


Sous chef, executive chef, and other culinary-focused positions

Hear from the cohorts

Cheyenne Hampton

"This program has provided many opportunities to help me with my future career goals. Through the program, I have been able to attend many HTM-related events and network with many alumni and faculty."

- Cheyenne Hampton
Mikayla Herrera

"The Leadership program has given me an idea of what it is like to be a leader in the Hospitality industry. It has also provided me great guidance and growth."

- Mikayla Herrera
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