DURHAM, N.H., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of New Hampshire Hospitality Management Program is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. It is the second-oldest four-year degree program of its kind in the country and is continuing to set the pace for educating students in the hospitality industry, using state-of-the art technology and facilities. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444722LOGO As part of the 90th Anniversary celebration, the program's Life Time Achievement Award this year was presented to Lynne Dougherty '78, who had a successful and impactful career with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. "It takes real drive, passion, innovation, and leadership to make an impact. That is why Lynne was selected for this prestigious award," said Nelson A. Barber, chair of the Hospitality Management Program at UNH. The program was recently ranked by The Best Schools as 26th best hospitality program in the U.S. and 2nd in New England. It is part of the UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, which is ranked among the nation's top 100 best undergraduate business schools and 38th for public business schools in the U.S. "I am very pleased that our hospitality management program also has been ranked for the first time among the top programs in the country," said Deborah Merrill-Sand, dean of Paul College. "The criteria for ranking are metric driven and based on program quality, courses offered, faculty strength, the quality of business education, internship opportunities, graduate degrees, and mentoring and career opportunities, among others." The lodging industry has been influenced over the past 90 years by financial crises, including the great depression and recession, the oil crisis of the 1970's, social unrest, and the fast pace in which technology changes.