Dennis Reynolds


Dean, Professor, Barron Hilton Distinguished Chair

Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership
Department of Hotel & Restaurant Management

B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, Golden Gate University; M.P.S., Ph.D. in Hotel Administration, Cornell University

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Dr. Dennis Reynolds, dean of Hilton College and Barron Hilton Distinguished Chair, began his career in hospitality as a busser in a fine-dining restaurant in Southern California. The fast-paced environment, the focus on quality in terms of product and product delivery, the high degree of customer contact, and the common goal to maximize the customer experience simply captivated him. He had found his calling in the hospitality industry.

A seasoned hospitality executive, scholar, gifted teacher and prolific researcher and author, Dean Reynolds began his tenure as the College’s seventh dean on July 1, 2015. Prior to that, he served as the Ivar Haglund Endowed Professor of Hospitality Management and director of the Wine Business Management Program at the Washington State University Carson College of Business. A former J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Dean Reynolds is also a two-time graduate, earning both his doctorate and Master of Professional Studies there. He received a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Golden Gate University.

Dean Reynolds is also past president and a decade-long board member of ICHRIE (International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education), the non-profit professional organization that provides programs and services supporting global education, research and service in the hospitality and tourism industry. In 2018, he was honored with the prestigious Founders Award for lifetime achievement as well as ICHRIE’s highest recognition – the Howard B. Meek Award – for lifetime achievement in 2019.


  • Organizational Behavior / Human Resources
  • Managerial Productivity
  • Operational Productivity Analysis and Enhancement