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Chad M. Gruhl, Ph.D.

Chair & Associate Professor Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events

For Dr. Chad Gruhl, there are three things that are most important: his work, his partner Jim, and his four Harleys.

When Chad is not clocking 20,000 miles a year riding his bike, he devotes his time to teaching and developing the best hospitality program at MSU Denver. “We have created one of the top 10 programs in the country in our category. One of the things I love about MSU Denver and especially the school of professional studies is that you are able to be truly innovative.” 

And based on that premise, Chad managed the development of a new Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center to reality. Opening in August 2012, MSU Denver’s SpringHill Suites by Marriott will provide a living laboratory for students to get first-hand experience working in a large urban hotel, and puts MSU Denver on the map as a leader in the hospitality programs. A professional hotel management firm will run the 150-room hotel and students will get hands-on training opportunities there. MSU Denver’s hospitality program continues to grow, and with this hospitality learning center, projections are to increase enrollment to 1300 students by 2020. 

Direct, committed, and fair, when Chad leaves the classroom, his students most likely say, “Dr. Gruhl is very tough, has extremely high expectations, but he treats everyone the same.”

The MSU Denver community, the Denver and gay community are all fantastic. Having lived in 10 states, nothing comes close to Colorado. Denver emulates a very large city without having to deal with the traffic and other issues you encounter in larger cities. It’s rare that I don’t want to travel, but I don’t want to leave here–except on a bike. 

Contact Chad at:cgruhl@msudenver.edu