Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D., is responsible for starting and developing New York Institute of Technology's Manhattan Hospitality Management Program, along with the Global Center for Hospitality Management, M.B.A. Hospitality concentrations, and minor degree programs.

As an Associate Dean, Koenig was on the administrative School of Management team that assisted the school in receiving AACSB accreditation.

Koenig established international educational programs and partnerships in Australia, Romania, Switzerland, Vancouver, B.C., South Korea, and China.

Published works include manuscripts in an array of academic peer-reviewed research journals and university textbooks. Koenig has been featured and cited in major newspapers, magazines, and journals, including The Washington Post, Hotelier, LODGING Magazine, and NAFSA's 2016 Internationalizing the Campus: Profile of Success at College and Universities report.

Koenig has presented research papers at academic peer-reviewed conferences domestically and internationally. Invited keynote presentations include speaker engagements to young scholars at West Point Military Academy, N.Y.; Dignitaries of China's Peking University, along with business and celebrity personnel at the Sheraton Pentagon Hotel, Washington, D.C.; and BCA Global business leaders in Manhattan, N.Y.

As Director for the Debra Vogel Student Advancement Program, his initiatives engage students in academic, civic, cultural, professional, and social learning experiences. Under Koenig's guidance and direction, New York Tech is officially represented at the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade. 

Koenig advocates through raising funds for the U.S. War Dogs Association and leads student engagement in an array of community outreach initiatives to help those in need.

Koenig has produced over 30 special topic conferences, seminars, and lecture sessions on global issues and concerns.

Koenig established a partnership with the Long Island Viscardi PROSPER Vocational program to support their students in leadership, career, and life endeavor workshop experiences.

He serves as the faculty advisor for New York Tech's first United Nations Student Chapter and Student Advisory Board, as well as Honor Societies Beta Gamma Sigma and Delta Mu Delta Chapters.

To enhance the importance of environmental sustainability, Koenig has served on the Hotel Association of New York City Sustainability Board.

Koenig helped organize the first Hospitality Sustainability Academic-Industry Conference in China: Sustainability Through Innovation in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective. Hangzhou, China, October – 2017.

Koenig maintains beehives on the college's New York City rooftops in an effort for students to learn the environmental benefits of beehives, sustainability awareness, agriculture, health, and the growing concerns of depleting bee colonies across the globe.

Professor Koenig created Bee-Vogel Honey whereby all proceeds of honey sales are utilized to support four student scholarships created to assist students with tuition and college fees.

Koenig has raised over $500,000 in sponsorships, student scholarships, and in-kind donations.

As a former professional chef and businessman, his experience includes serving as sous chef at the 1985 Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. Bush; General Manager/Executive Chef at The Old Original Bookbinders, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Corporate Executive for Tidewater Inn Management, overseeing seven food and beverage hotel properties.

He has cooked for high-profile individuals including two United States Presidents, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lena Horne, Robert Wagner, Ava Gabor, Jesse Jackson, Don Rickles, Jacques Cousteau, Donna Summers, and many others.

Koenig has received many academic awards for administrative leadership, teaching, and community service, including: Presidential Engagement Award for Student Engagement in Global Education; School of Management Lifetime Achievement Award; Honorary Professor from Shandong Technology and Business University in Yantai, China; Strategic Partnership Award, Tourism College of Zhejiang, Hangzhou China; Suffolk County Long Island Legislative Proclamation Award for Education Excellence; and Discover Long Island Partner of the Year Award.

Recent Projects and Research

  • Installed three New York Tech roof-top Bee Hives for sustainability education and trademarked 100 percent pure, raw Bee-Vogel Honey label
  • Created three signature scholarship funds to assist students in need
  • Founded first United Nations Student Chapter for New York Tech
  • Initiated official designation for New York Tech in annual Veterans' Parade in New York City

Selected Publications

  • Koenig, R. J. (2011). A template for analyzing costs associated with educational delivery modes. Journal of International Education Research, 7 (1), 5–14.
  • Koenig, R. J. (2010). A study in analyzing effectiveness of undergraduate course delivery: Classroom, online and video conference from a student and faculty perspective. The Contemporary Issues in Education Research Journal. 3, (10). 13–26.
  • Koenig, R. J. (2010). Faculty satisfaction with distance education: A comparative analysis on effectiveness of undergraduate course delivery modes. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 7 (2), 17–24.
  • Koenig, R. J. (2009). Comparing effectiveness of undergraduate course delivery: A student perspective. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 6 (2), 69–80.
  • The Catering Industry. In Hospitality Management 241–250. Kendall Hunt, Dubuque, Iowa 2002. 10th Edition
  • The Catering Industry. In Hospitality Management 241–248. Kendall Hunt, Dubuque, Iowa 2000. 9th Edition
  • Introduction to the Catering Industry. In Hospitality and Tourism – An Introduction to the Industry, 242-246. Kendall Hunt, Dubuque, Iowa 1998


  • Dunne, J.H.; Koenig, R.J. (2021) Case Study: Main Street Retailer Response to Covid-19 Related Government Restrictions on Operations. The Institute for Business and Finance Research, May 25–28, 2021, Costa Rica.
  • Koenig, R.J. (2019) Academic Institutions' Responsibility to Engage Students in Social, Environmental and Community Service. The Turn Out – Screening and Talk Back on Human Trafficking. NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, New York, NY.
  • Koenig, R.J.; Richard, A. (2017, October) Implementing sustainability understanding into curriculums of higher education. Paper presented at the Sustainability through innovation in the hospitality industry: A global perspective. Hangzhou, China.
  • Koenig, R.J. (2017, January). Traditional, Online and teleconference Delivery Modes Effectiveness: How They Correlate to undergraduate Student's Ethnicity, Major and Academic Year of Study. Paper presented at the Clute Institute for Academic Research Teaching and Learning Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Koenig, R.J. (2017) The need for implementing sustainability understanding within the curriculums of higher education. Presentation at the Hotel Association of New York City, INC.: Sustainability Committee Waste Management Conference. June 29, 2017. NYIT Auditorium on Broadway; New York, NY.
  • Koenig, R.J. Keynote Speaker (2017) Understanding U.S. culture, professionalism, and soft-skills in business leadership. Presentation at West Point United States Military Academy. July 30, 2017. Herbert Hall Alumni Center, West Point, New York.
  • Koenig, R.J. Keynote Speaker Panel (2017). An NYIT tradition: Creating student leaders with core values, character, and principles for life. NYIT's Global Partner Summit: Building and sustaining a global network. June 4, 2017. Old Westbury, New York.
  • Koenig, R.J. (2016 ) Tipping and legislation; Presentation at the NYC Hospitality Alliance Conference; March 2, 2016; NYIT Auditorium on Broadway; New York, NY.
  • Koenig, R.J. Keynote Speaker (2016) Business communication, leadership, and hospitality etiquette. Presentation at West Point United States Military Academy. July 31, 2016; Herbert Hall Alumni Center, West Point, New York.
  • Koenig, R.J. (2015) Panel Discussion: Future challenges facing the hospitality industry. Presentation at the Long Island Hotel and Lodging Association. December 3, 2015; Melville Marriott Hotel, Long Island, NY.
  • Koenig, R J. (2014) Sustainability in the hospitality industry: A global perspective – Food, operations, work culture and community. Presentation at the NYIT Global Center for Hospitality Management at NYIT, New York State Restaurant Association, and Green Hospitality Initiative Conference. December 2, 2014. NYIT Auditorium on Broadway; New York, NY.
  • Koenig, R. J. Keynote Speaker (2013) Addressing environmental and sustainability concerns in the hospitality industry; and academic institutions' responsibility in preparing students for career success. Presentation delivered at the BCA Global 20th Annual Awareness Salute Dinner; November 8; Guastavino's Midtown, New York, NY.
  • Koenig, R.J. Keynote Speaker (2013, October) American cultural tastes, social mannerism, and the 1985 presidential inauguration. Presentation to dignitaries of China's Peking University; CEO's of leading businesses and celebrity media personnel. Sheraton Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Dean' Lifetime Achievement Award, New York Institute of Technology 2021
  • Suffolk County Long Island Legislative Proclamation Award for Education Excellence, 2017
  • Discover Long Island Tourism: 2017 Partner of the Year Award
  • Honorary Professorship: 2017 Shandong Institute of Business and Technology, Shandong China
  • Strategic Partnership Award 2017 Tourism College of Zhejiang, Hangzhou China
  • School of Management MBA Executive Program Professorship Award 2017
  • NYIT Presidential Award 2015: Student Engagement in Global Education Award
  • Best Peer-Reviewed Research Paper Award 2012: The Global Conference on Business and Finance
  • Best Peer-Reviewed Research Paper Award: 2017, 2010, 2009 – The Clute Institute
  • SGA Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award: 2012
  • SGA Club Adviser of the Year: 2006
  • U.S. Presidential Medal – Executive Sous Chef, 1985 Inauguration for President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • BUSI 100 Management Orientation
  • BUSIE 290 Internship
  • BUSIE 650 Internship
  • HOSP 730 Food Culture and Contemporary Issues
  • HOSP 100 Introduction to Hospitality
  • HOSP 125 Culinary Theory and Style
  • HOSP 135 Culinary Techniques
  • HOSP 140 Purchasing, Procurement and Supply Management
  • HOSP 220 Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • HOSP 240 Operations Cost Control
  • HOSP 270 Supervised Fieldwork
  • HOSP 315 Beverage Evaluation: Old World Wine
  • HOSP 325 Beverage Evaluation: New World Wine
  • HOSP 330 Meetings, Events, Conventions and Expositions
  • HOSP 335 Beverage Evaluation: Distilled Spirits and Beer
  • HOSP 355 Hospitality Internship
  • HOSP 420 Leadership and Employee Relations
  • HOSP 430 Facility and Concept Development
  • HOSP 440 Menu Development
  • HOSP 460 Entrepreneurship, Franchise and Multi-Unit Management
  • HOSP 465 Experiential based Learning: Practicum in Hospitality Management
  • HOSP 470 Senior Seminar Capstone

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