Mim L. Runey, LP.D., Assumes Position of Chancellor of Johnson & Wales University

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Oct 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Mim Runey

Providence, R.I. – Mim L. Runey, LP.D., has assumed the position of chancellor of Johnson & Wales University (JWU), effective today, October 1, 2018. 

Dr. Runey has been serving as JWU president of the Providence, RI campus and chief operating officer for the university system since 2011. She becomes the university’s third chancellor in its 104-year history.

“It is of the utmost of importance to the JWU Board of Trustees that the university continue the momentum from its January 2018 launch of the FOCUS 2022 strategic plan,” said James H. Hance Jr., chairman of the JWU Board of Trustees who also served as chair of the chancellor search committee. “We recognized Dr. Runey’s vision and leadership in developing this new strategic, five-year plan that sets ambitious goals for the university’s academic growth and strengthens JWU’s position in higher education for the future. We know her collaborative leadership approach will inspire and motivate faculty and staff to transform the Johnson & Wales educational experience for years to come.”

In January 2018, JWU Chancellor John Bowen announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2018.  A formal, nationwide search commenced with the JWU Board engaging the services of R. William Funk & Associates, an executive search firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas, that specializes in higher education. Bowen assumes the role of chancellor emeritus today, October 1, until his retirement.

“The Board was tasked with choosing the most highly qualified, talented and experienced individual to lead Johnson & Wales University into the future. From the strong pool of candidates that emerged, the Board unanimously agreed that Mim Runey is the right leader at the right time to take Johnson & Wales to new heights,” said Chairman Hance.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead this institution dedicated to students’ intellectual and personal growth during this time of rapid change in higher education,” said Dr. Runey.

“Johnson & Wales has evolved from a world leader in culinary and hospitality education to a university that has built upon that excellence to provide students with opportunities in a wide breadth of industry–relevant disciplines. Over the next five years, we will expand and design our academic programs to prepare our students for the challenges of the workplace of tomorrow. We also will be known for our preeminence in the study of food. I am excited to lead this new chapter in our university’s history.”

Dr. Runey joined Johnson & Wales 29 years ago at its former Charleston, South Carolina campus. In 2006, her family moved north so she could assume the position of senior vice president of institutional planning at the Providence Campus. Two years later, her responsibilities increased as the presidents of the branch campuses became her direct reports and she oversaw the campuses’ operating budgets.

Her work as a member of the senior leadership team through her presidency at the JWU Providence Campus has resulted in a significant increase in the university’s retention and graduation rates, as well as selectivity in enrollment, and institutional aid has more than doubled. In the past 10 years, JWU has been recognized by the President’s Honor Roll for Higher Education Community Service. These achievements have contributed to Johnson & Wales’ rise in US News & World Report’s Regional North rankings from 84 to 64.

Dr. Runey holds a Doctorate in Law & Policy from Northeastern University, a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clemson University. She is a member of a subcommittee of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU) and a board member of Norwich University in Vermont; she currently is the chair of the Rhode Island chapter of AICU (Association of Independent Colleges & Universities). In April of 2018, Dr. Runey assumed the presidency of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC).

Johnson & Wales University is a dynamic, four-campus university with the JWU chancellor’s office based at the university’s flagship campus in Providence, RI.

About JWU
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 14,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 124 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.

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