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Jay Neal Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for University of Houston at Sugar Land and University of Houston at Katy, Associate Professor

B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management, M.H.M. (Hospitality Management), University of Houston; Ph.D. in Food Microbiology, Texas A&M University.

Expertise & Research Interests
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Safety Training
  • Food Service Systems
  • Post-harvest Treatments for Food Products
  • Sensory Evaluation
Career Highlights
Recently completed a Ph.D. in food microbiology at Texas A&M University; more than 15 years of industry experience in the food & beverage sector, including working as general manager and catering director for 10 years with Becks Prime Restaurants in Houston, serving as sous chef at Samuel T's Restaurant in Chicago and working as dining room manager at Gaido's Seafood Restaurant in Galveston; member of International Association of Food Protection, Institute of Food Technologists, and Research Chefs Association; recipient of the Donald Greenaway Award for Teaching Excellence.