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Brett Horton

Brett HortonBrett Horton is a professor of practice in hospitality management at K-State Olathe. 

Horton instructs hospitality management courses to undergraduate students on the Manhattan campus.

He also is working on a 2+2 agreement for undergraduates in Greater Kansas City. The proposed 2+2 program will be a partnership with Kansas State University and Johnson County Community College. Through it, students can earn a bachelor's degree in hospitality management by completing two years of coursework at Johnson County Community College and then two years at Kansas State University's Olathe campus. 

In addition to teaching, Horton will help with student recruitment; establish new relationships with the hospitality industry for student internships and opportunities; and serve as a liaison to Kansas State University's hospitality management department for the metro area.

Horton joined K-State Olathe in January 2018.

Industry and Teaching Exerpience

Horton brings 15 years of experience as an instructor in higher education, teaching at James Madison University, Iowa State University and Purdue University. He also has 12 years of industry experience, having worked with five-star hotels and resorts and WinShape Foundation.

Before joining K-State Olathe, Horton was senior director at WinShape Retreat Center in Mount Berry, Georgia. The center, located on the Mountain Campus of Berry College, is 80 rooms, 22 cabins and staffed by 100 employees. The center also is one of the nonprofit foundations of Cathy Family, best known for establishing Chick-fil-A.

Publications, Presentations and Awards

Horton has 18 studies published in industry journals and has authored two book chapters. He has given 29 presentations throughout the world. 

Horton has received numerous awards for his studies and leadership.  


• Ph.D., restaurant, hotel, institution and tourism management, Purdue University, 1999
• MBA, finance,  University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1996
• B.S., restaurant, hotel and institution management, Kansas State University, 1991




Brett Horton