Pat Moreo

Dean at USF School of Hospitality & Tourism Management


Dr. Patrick J. Moreo was appointed Dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida in July of 2016. He is responsible for providing leadership to the faculty, students and industry constituents. He arrived from UNLV he had served as Chair of the Food and Beverage Department and as Associate Dean of the College of Hotel Administration.

Before his move to Las Vegas he served as the Director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Oklahoma State University where he was the Lanphere Professor, teaching primarily in the hotel operations area and directed the Hospitality Studies in Switzerland Program. He led the School’s faculty and oversaw the operation of three teaching restaurants and a teaching hotel on campus. He also taught in the School’s Asia Doctoral Program. The School grew from 180 to 500 students during his seven year tenure there.

Prior to his arrival at Oklahoma State U., Moreo was the head of the Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Department at New Mexico State University for 5 years. While there, he led the program to departmental status in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

Before his move to New Mexico State, Dr. Moreo was the Associate Director of the School of Hotel Restaurant and Recreation Management at Penn State University for 7 years. Prior to that, he served for 13 years as a faculty member at the College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Moreo has assisted in the planning and execution of 2 new buildings, he served as co-director and co-founder of the Summer Studies in Switzerland Program, and served as the Director of the Graduate Program in the College of Hotel Administration at UNLV.

Dr. Moreo's professional experience includes positions as a consultant for Pannel Kerr Forster and Company (then PKF Consulting and now CBRE), manager of Howard Johnson Motor Lodges, and food service management in the U.S. Navy. He has participated in many consulting assignments and conducted numerous seminars on front office management and Italian Cuisine. His publishing has focused in the area of organizational structures in hospitality management and education, the needs of female business travelers, and hotel operating systems design.

Moreo received his Doctorate and Bachelor degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the Master of Professional Studies from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, and a Hotel/Culinary Associate degree from New York City Technical College.
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