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James Larkin

Jay Larkin

Associate Professor
Elston Hall, Room 514

Certificate, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida Atlantic University
B.S., Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
A.A.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, SUNY Schenectady County Community College
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Faculty Service 2021

From Hospitality Pro to Passionate Professor: Meet Professor Larkin!

Industry Experience You Can't Get in a Textbook

Jay isn't just another professor - he's a seasoned hospitality professional with over 40 years of experience in industry and 15 in education. After earning his associate's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management right here at SUNY Schenectady, Jay went on to get his bachelor's degree from Purdue University.

Hitting the Ground Running

Fresh out of college, Jay jumped right in, managing nightclubs and fine dining restaurants. He's worked at iconic locations like Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and locally for several hospitality organizations including Mazzone Hospitality, honing his skills in every aspect of the hospitality industry, from guest service to sales and marketing.

Bringing Real-World Experience to the Classroom

Jay's passion for hospitality led him back to SUNY Schenectady, where he now shares his expertise with the next generation. He doesn't just teach from a book - he draws on his extensive experience to bring real-world knowledge to the classroom.

Shaping the Future of Hospitality

Jay's dedication extends beyond the classroom. He authored our innovative new programs in Beverage Management, Craft Beer Brewing, and Craft Spirit Distillation. He's also a certified TIPS trainer, ensuring our students have the critical alcohol service skills they need to succeed in industry. 

Beyond the Classroom: Giving Back

Jay's commitment doesn't stop at academics. He's a founding member of the Albany Food Alliance, connecting students with volunteer opportunities. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for a local cidery, and helps organize fundraising events that support scholarships in our beverage programs.

Learn from the Best: Get Your Hospitality Education from Professor Jay

When you choose SUNY Schenectady's Hospitality program, you're not just learning theory - you're getting real-world knowledge from a passionate professional who's been there, done that. Join Professor Larkin and take the first step towards a successful career in the exciting world of hospitality!