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Hartley Joins NMSU Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Department

LAS CRUCES -- John Hartley began work Aug. 24 as an assistant professor for New Mexico State University's hotel, restaurant and tourism management department.


He will teach undergraduate courses in quantity food production and service and introduction to hospitality management.

"I want to have students leave the college with a very realistic picture of what the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry is like and be able to step right into jobs," Hartley said.

He had worked as an assistant professor and program director of hospitality services at the Doņa Ana Branch Community College since 1997. Hartley has also worked as a part-time instructor and production manager for NMSU.

Hartley has nearly 10 years of experience as an executive chef for restaurants, catering services, hospitals and resorts in San Francisco, Calif.; Pagosa Springs, Colo.; Ruidoso; Doņa Ana; and Las Cruces.

In addition to teaching, Hartley helped secure a $1.4 million grant for building a culinary training facility at the Las Cruces Court Youth Center that will serve area high school students as well as the community college and the NMSU main campus.

Hartley, a chef, graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 1988. He received a bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism services in 1994 and a master's degree in business administration in 2000, both from NMSU.