Dean Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu

Dr. Cihan CobanogluWelcome, Willkommen, Bienvenue, Hoşgeldiniz, Добро пожаловать, أهلاً وسهل, 歡迎光臨, Bienvenido, Καλώς Ορίσατε, Benvenuto, ようこそ, 환영합니다, ยินดีต้อนรับ, ברוךהבא to the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Our College is located in Sarasota, Florida which is home to the #1 beach in the US, Siesta Key Beach.  In addition to that, within a 100 mile radius of our College, is the heart of the nation’s tourism and hospitality industry, allowing our students to work at the best tourism and hospitality companies while they complete their education.In addition, Sarasota-Manatee area is home to many information technology (IT) companies.

There are many reasons why you should choose the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee. To name a few, we have excellent faculty whose impact reached the globe; personalized attention and small class size, a location that is home to hundreds of quality hospitality establishments (hotels, restaurants, clubs, resorts, theme parks, museums, theaters, stadiums) and IT companies, an advisory board that is composed of global hospitality and IT  leaders, partnerships with world leader hospitality and IT companies, strong support from local, national, and global hospitality and IT companies, and rich extra-curricular activities for students.

We offer several degree and certificate programs to fit students’ needs. They include: two bachelor degree options, a master’s degree, two minor options and two certificate programs.  We have study abroad and exchange programs with several international partners. We also have scholarships, graduate assistantships and financial aid available for students that qualify and are majoring hospitality and IT. We offer classes in the traditional classroom setting as well as on-line classes, so students can choose the learning style that best fits their needs.  We limit the size of our classes to enable student learning and the faculty to know their students personally and provide them with individual attention. Our curriculum is strengthened through the close bonds we maintain with industry leaders. Our students’ learning is enriched in the field, where students undertake real-world projects and conduct research projects.

Once more, Welcome to University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. I invite you to visit our College and meet with me and our faculty.


Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, PhD, CHTP
McKibbon Endowed Chair Professor & Dean
College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership
University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee