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Hospitality Management

Program Overview

Program Overview

You want to be a hospitality and entertainment management pro — the one making the magic so people can gather, celebrate and adventure all over the globe. Learn from the best in the business in the perfect destination: Nashville. Music City’s interwoven hospitality and entertainment industry is dynamic and growing. Your opportunities are vast — launch a career in a major hospitality and entertainment company like Disney or Gaylord Hotels & Opry Entertainment, dreaming up the next exciting experience for their loyal guests and fans. Or prepare to lead in management areas like guest relations, finance, events, marketing or sales for destinations and businesses that support them.

Nashville’s tourism and hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, events, festivals, clubs, cultural attractions and its myriad of supporting sub-sectors including technology and transportation generates close to $6 billion every year in Middle Tennessee with years of record-breaking growth. As the second largest industry in Nashville, it employs 103,400 people and attracted 15 million visitors in 2019.  Every one out of 10 jobs in the world are part of the hospitality and travel industry – and these jobs are fun.

Let our experts train you to join the creative class of hospitality and entertainment managers at home or abroad. Imagine managing artists like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett or Kelsea Ballerini or leading the launch of the coolest new restaurant on Broadway or expanding a culinary veterans’ next new venture.

Our program offers experiential, paid learning labs on campus where you'll gain immediate skills and practice in food and lodging management, as well as high-level events production within your first year. You’ll have the confidence and competence you need to grow in what interests you most and succeed in your chosen career. Our program will prepare you to create, collaborate and lead with a servant heart and an entrepreneurial spirit. We network alongside students into their community with grit, guts and bold ideas for one of the most competitive of markets.

When you graduate, you’ll have grit and persistence as a mindset, a pathway to a specific career, an industry network to call your own, a fundamental knowledge of hotel, F&B and events management, apprenticeships and jobs in the field.




The experiences you'll gain here will be of use to you way beyond your college years. With guided access, coaching and close touch points toward your dreams, we'll help you stand tall in successes and setbacks.

Specific courses required:

  • ENT 2503 - An Introduction to Business
  • MG 3503 - Leading and Managing People
  • MK 3503 - Principles of Marketing
  • EC 2413 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • AC 2503 - Financial Accounting
  • AC 2513 - Managerial Accounting
  • FI 2503 - Business Analysis, Techniques and Tools
  • FI 3503 - Principles of Finance
  • BA 3703 - Business Communication
  • MG 3613 - Legal Aspects of Business I
  • HOSP 4003 - Hospitality and Tourism Law
  • HOSP 4113 - Real-Estate
  • HOSP 3003 - Revenue Management
  • HOSP 3013 - Entrepreneurship in Hospitality
  • HOSP 3113 - Catering
  • HOSP 2013 - Hotel & Resort Management
  • HOSP 2023 - Food & Beverage
  • HOSP 2113 - Theme Parks and Attractions
  • HOSP 1301 - Practicum: Event Management
  • HOSP 1311 - Practicum: Bison Inn
  • HOSP 1321 - Practicum: Entertainment and Technical Services
  • HOSP 1331 - Practicum: Sodexo
  • HOSP 3XnV - Special Topics
  • HOSP 390V - Independent Study
  • HOSP 1003 - Hospitality and Tourism
  • HOSP 1013 - Entertainment Business
  • HOSP 4103 - Restaurant Management

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

Meet our dedicated faculty.

  • Beth Morrow headshot

    Beth Morrow

    Assistant Professor

    Beth Morrow works in the community and in the classroom in Nashville, Tenn. Morrow serves as a strategic planning and change-management consultant on behalf of the Center for Nonprofit Management,...

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  • Rob Touchstone

    Rob Touchstone

    Director of Business as Mission

    Rob Touchstone learned to be an entrepreneur while finding and selling golfballs as a kid growing up near a golf course in Marietta, Ga. He has a passion for the...

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  • Jeff Cohu

    Jeff Cohu

    Associate Professor of Management

    Jeff Cohu is an experienced management consultant, entrepreneur, and educator. In addition to his ongoing consulting practice, he currently serves as an Associate Professor of Management and Executive Director of...

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  • Joseph Bamber

    Joseph Bamber

    Clinical Professor of Marketing

    Joseph Bamber serves as the visiting professor of marketing at Lipscomb University. Bamber first came to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University. After finishing his MBA at MIT Sloan, he co-founded...

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  • Donita Brown

    Donita Brown

    Director of Health Care Programs

    Donita Brown is a professor, author, speaker, coach, and Director of Health Care Programs within the College of Business. She teaches courses in the Master of Management in Health Care Administration...

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  • Nina Morel

    Nina Morel


    Nina Morel, Ed.D., is Executive Director of Leadership Development and Coaching and former Dean of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University. She has developed and led innovative coaching programs as well...

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  • Rebecca Burcham

    Rebecca Burcham

    Instructor in Health Care Management

    Rebecca Burcham is an Instructor in Healthcare Management at Lipscomb University. She teaches courses in Marketing Management, Personal Selling, Sales Management, Business Ethics and Healthcare Marketing and Management. Prior to joining...

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  • Lindsay Dillingham

    Lindsay Dillingham

    Assistant Professor of Marketing

    Dr. Lindsay Dillingham is an Assistant Professor of Marketing, teaching courses in marketing strategy and marketing research for both undergraduate and graduate students. She has also served as the Aspire Fellows...

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  • Marcy Binkley headshot

    Marcy Binkley

    Instructor in Accounting

    Marcy Binkley, CPA is an Instructor of Accounting at Lipscomb University. As an Instructor of Accounting, Marcy teaches principles courses including Financial and Managerial Accounting at the undergraduate level. She...

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  • Mark Jobe

    Mark Jobe

    Associate Professor

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  • Jeff Mankin

    Jeff Mankin

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Jeff Mankin is an Assistant Professor of Accounting and teaches courses in financial, managerial and intermediate accounting. He also teaches a course in data analysis using Excel.  He earned a B.S....

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  • Tim Creel

    Tim Creel

    Assistant Professor of Accounting

    Dr. Tim Creel is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Lipscomb University. He is a CPA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Creel earned a BBA in Accounting...

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  • Jacob Arthur

    Jacob Arthur

    Assistant Professor of Information Technology

    Jacob Arthur is an Assistant Professor of Information Security & Analytics in the College of Business and is the partner over security & technology services for Formos Consulting.  Arthur has significant...

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  • Julio Rivas-Aguilar

    Julio Rivas

    Associate Professor

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  • Jeff Jewell

    Jeff Jewell


    Jeff Jewell, professor of finance, teaches courses in corporate finance, investing, and portfolio management. He has earned a B.A. from Harding University, an MBA from the University of Alabama, and...

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  • Leanne Smith

    Leanne Smith

    Associate Professor of Management

    Leanne Smith is a writer and associate professor of management recognized for teaching excellence, student engagement, university service and community involvement. She has been recognized with two Outstanding Teacher awards...

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Career Paths

Lodging Managers

Lodging managers ensure that guests on vacation or business travel have a pleasant experience at a hotel, motel, or other types of establishment with accommodations. They also ensure that the establishment is run efficiently and profitably.

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings. They arrange meeting locations, transportation, and other details.

Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.