Miguel B. Baltazar

An enthusiastic welcome to Miguel Bendrao Baltazar’s website! Understand who this hospitality education partner of yours is.

You might be uncertain about who’s supporting you or you might be willing to know more about Miguel’s credentials. This website is an introductory contact complementing a first impression you might have had. Research supports that College faculty play a crucial role in promoting both student learning and student persistence. His commitment and caring towards education aims that you will successfully integrate the industry, grow faster with his teaching, service and research. He is committed to give his best every day and expects you to be involved and take responsibility over the educational process. This way, this website serves as an invitation. An invitation also to introduce you to this higher education professional, his portfolio of professional experiences, academic work philosophy, courses he currently or in the past taught, research interests or other interests and a short section on advice to graduates. His international academic and practitioner background should inspire you to aspire; his knowledge and skills will support you, your company or your higher education institution.

This site content is mostly static but everything should be up to date as it is periodically reviewed. In the future this space will be incorporating a selection of hospitality industry RSS feeds.

Please stay tuned for more and feel free to provide any sort of feedback, opportunities for collaboration or any suggestion!

Contact & Office Hours
Office Hours
M & W: from 12:15-2:15 pm; M: from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Or by Appointment

baltazmb [at] jmu.edu

Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Wife, Prof. Maria V. Lugo, Bridgewater College, VA

Office Location
James Madison University (JMU) MSC 2305, 800 S. Main Street, Godwin Hall Room 363 (3rd Floor)

JMU and its School: The James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) is a state-owned institution, regional, comprehensive, student-oriented institution with an approximate enrollment of 20,000 students,  about one hundred miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The JMU Hart School of Hospitality, Sports and Recreation Management is the leading and new educational institution for hotel, restaurant, and tourism management students in Virginia. The hospitality program at JMU prides itself on being a leading HM/BBA program in the country, currently with fifteen full time faculty and numerous adjuncts serving about 600 students majoring in Hospitality Management and 500 majoring in Sport and Recreation Management. The program exists since 1974 as a B.B.A. degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management under the University College of Business. Prior to 2010, it was noticed that both Sport and Recreation Management majors (under de Department of Kinesiology) and Hospitality Management programs offered very similar curricula and were preparing students for similar work sites, under the broad term “Mega-Leisure”. This way, in June of 2010 it was established the new School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management when the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Sport and Recreation Management majors was merged. The foundation of this merger was to form a new unit, a “school” independent of, but affiliated with, the College of Business. We take great pride in a tradition of vibrant instruction within an innovative curriculum.
In the Spring of 2015 the school received a very generous gift from G.J. and Heather Hart and it will change its name to the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management during the Fall 2015 semester.
We are also very excited about the Madison Hotel and conference center, approved to be build adjacent to the Campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. configured at seven floors and 205 rooms. Although we do not know the involvement with our hospitality school and programs.