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Barry K Shuster

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(919) 530-5154
321 C. T. Willis Commerce Building


Currently teaching Hospitality Law & Ethics and Hospitality Financial Management and Cost Control


Barry Shuster is interim Chair, Department of Hospitality & Tourism Administration in the School of Business. He has been a member of the faculty since 2005.

He is an American Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Hospitality Educator, and holds the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics. His prior faculty appointments include adjunct instructor of Hospitality Law & Ethics at NCCU, adjunct instructor of Hospitality Law at East Carolina University School of Hospitality Leadership and adjunct assistant professor of Healthcare Law and Ethics in the MBA-Healthcare Administration program at Fayetteville State University School of Business and Economics.

His prior professional experience also includes eight years as a director and, subsequently, vice-president, marketing at Divers Alert Network (DAN), a Durham, NC-headquartered international medical services, research, safety and travel insurance organization serving the international scuba and adventure tourism industry.

As a practicing hospitality and tourism industry attorney, he has advised, represented and defended restaurant and tourism companies in transactions and litigation. Barry is admitted to practice law before all North Carolina state and U.S. district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is a certified and experienced mediator and arbitrator.

Barry is founding editor and an investment partner of Restaurant Startup & Growth and RestaurantOwner.com, a national management online and print educational media company serving restaurant entrepreneurs. He also serves at the Legal Education Editor for RestaurantOwner.com. https://www.restaurantowner.com/

Barry is co-editor of the National Restaurant Association Uniform System of Accounts for Restaurants, 8th Edition. He is a contributor to the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association's (NCRLA) Law Review, and legal columnist to STR's Hotel News Now and the NCRLA's membership quarterly At Your Service. He served on the board of directors of the International Foodservice Editorial Council from 2011-2014.

Barry is a graduate of NCCU School of Law and is admitted to appear before all North Carolina state and U.S. District courts and U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his baccalaureate from UC-Davis; MBA from Pepperdine University; and Master of Science, Bioethics from Union Graduate College-The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

He is a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and qualified as a district court arbitrator for the North Carolina 10th Judicial Court.

His current service to NCCU and the community includes positions as a lawyer-bioethicist on the WakeMed Hospital Ethics Committee, Copernicus Group Independent Review Board, and the institutional review boards of NCCU and DAN.

He is former chair of the Town of Cary, NC Zoning Board of Adjustment and a current assistant scout master, Troop 152, Cary, NC.

Research Interests

Hospitality Industry Law and Ethics; Hospitality Management Education; Restaurant Entrepreneurship;


MS Union College 2013
JD North Carolina Central University 1999
MBA Pepperdine University 1993
BA University of California, Davis 1980

Selected Publications

1. Shuster, B. K. (2014). Assessing Clinical Ethics Consultation Services via Structured Retrospective Interviews of Clinician Requestors. Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities, IV, 114-139.
2. Shuster, B. K. (2014). Frankly Speaking: Talking Points When Counseling Clients on Completing North Carolina Advance Directives. Prognosis, 30, 8-11.
3. Shuster, B. K. (2007, April/May). A Food Safety Emergency Contingency Plan. Restaurant Startup & Growth, 4.
4. Shuster, B. (2005). Proper Training and a ‘Culture of Care’: They Can Protect Your Business, Your Customers and the Public When You Serve Alcoholic Beverages . North Carolina Restaurant News, July/August 2005.
5. Shuster, B. (2004). Managing on the Firing Line: Ways to Avoid Liability When Terminating an Employment Relationship: . North Carolina Restaurant News, July/August 2005.
6. Shuster, B. (2002). The Good Samaritan Laws Help Ensure That Good Deeds Go Unpunished. Alert Diver.
7. Vann, R. D., & Gerth, W. A., & Denoble, P. J., & Shuster, B. (1995). Project Dive Safety: An Overview. Undersea and Hyperb Med. 1995; 22 (suppl).
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