Despite the hotel building boom and surging tourism in New York City, especially outside of Manhattan, Ward has emerged as the most prominent leader of efforts to block the growth of home sharing, an affordable, sustainable form of lodging.
Questions About Professor’s Ties to Hotel Lobby Uncover an Ethics Labyrinth Since October of last year, we’ve been reporting on the potential ethics violations of Professor John W. O’Neill of Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM). He appears to be operating a private consulting practice on campus, using the University’s prestige to increase the… Read more »
Our reporting has found strong evidence indicating Penn State Professor John W. O’Neill is using his position at the School of Hospitality Management to bolster his consulting practice and credibility of his hotel lobby-funded research. If true, this would violate the university’s ethics standards. So, we were encouraged to learn via a Dec. 17 Centre Daily Times… Read more »
As state support for universities drops, there is a growing trend of corporate support in the form of specially designated departments, professorships, etc., often with alarming consequences.
C&BP Writes to Dean Crouter for Help to Get Prof. O’Neill to Follow Established Policy In October, we posed a series of questions to Penn State Provost Nicholas Jones about the School of Hospitality Management’s (SHM) and Professor John W. O’Neill’s relationship with the hotel industry lobby. On November 9th, the University finally responded in… Read more »
Penn State needs to not just have ethical standards, but take their own ethical standards seriously. It appears that when it comes to Professor John O’Neill and what appears to be a lucrative consulting practice, the University has once again looked the other way.
Today, we sent a letter to New York Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal – sponsor of recent anti-home sharing legislation – that asks for her to voluntarily release all communications with relevant hotel lobby players. They include New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC) President Peter Ward or any other representatives of HTC; Neil Kwatra, Austin Shafran,… Read more »
On October 7th, we sent a letter to Penn State University’s Provost Dr. Nicholas P. Jones that asked for his help so that our readers could better understand the School of Hospitality Management’s (SHM) relationship with the hotel industry lobby. Among other things, we asked about Penn State Professor John W. O’Neill, former director of… Read more »
How does Mr. Ward square giving $100,00 of union funds to an industry that opposes HTC’s attempts to organize many hotels and raise the pay for hotel housekeeping staff – particularly the Fight for $15?
Today, we sent a letter to Dr. Nicholas P. Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost of Pennsylvania State University, to ask for his help in better understanding Penn State School of Hospitality Management’s (SHM) relationship with the hotel industry and the origins of this university-corporate partnership. To read the full letter, click on the… Read more »