School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Faculty John Hartley

John Hartley
John Hartley
John Hartley, MBA

College Assistant Professor

Courses Taught:

  • HRTM 311: Hospitality Leadership Management
  • HRTM 363: Quantity Food Production

Areas of Focus:

  • Food and Beverage Services Management

Chef John Hartley has been serving the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at New Mexico State University in varied roles since 1996. After continuing to work in the food and beverage industry in both corporate restaurants and catering, he returned to teaching full time as a College Assistant Professor in 2006. He is the instructor of the program’s quantity foods courses and manages the school's student-run restaurant, 100 West Café. As a native of Las Cruces and a graduate of NMSU, Chef Hartley takes great pride in giving back to both his childhood community as well as his alma mater in roles such as the Board of Directors for the Mesilla Valley Youth Foundation, Team Zane Celebrity Fundraiser, and most recently as the Chef Ambassador for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

Chef Hartley's culinary and management background spans over thirty years including Food & Beverage Director at Fresno Pacific University, F&B Director/Executive Chef of The Pagosa Lodge and Resort, Production & Cash Operations Manager for Aramark Managed Services, Executive Chef of Ciao Bella, Inc. and The Safari Bed & Breakfast, and Owner of Catering by the Bay and Hartley-Zeck Culinary Consultants, LLC. His experience includes world-class restaurants, hotels, resorts, multi-unit management, contract management, catering, and consulting. Highlights of his career include cooking for President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, the Pope of the Armenian Catholic Church, and numerous celebrities. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation, the Council for Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Educators, and is a past member of the National Executive Chef's Association.


  • Master of Business Administration, 2000, from New Mexico State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Hospitality & Tourism Services, 1994, New Mexico State University
  • California Culinary Academy Graduate, 1988