Providence Press Releases

JWU Providence's 2024 honorary degree recipients, Dale Venturini and Dorothea Bongiovi
03/13/24 | 2024 graduates will be celebrated at 2024 commencement ceremonies.
JWU leadership and students accept a donation check
03/08/24 | The organization provides thousands in scholarship funds to Johnson & Wales University students.
JWU College of Health & Wellness
01/09/24 | Maura Daly Iversen, DPT, SD, MPH, brings years of experience in healthcare education
McNulty Hall
11/29/23 | Undergraduate students will be required to live on campus for first three years
CFIT 50th gala
10/26/23 | Gala celebration honored lifetime achievements of Chef Jacques Pépin
Delmay Family
10/26/23 | Trailblazer Jeff Delmay ’00 advocates for LGTBQ+ rights in a state of erosion.
sports science lab
10/24/23 | As the public begins to recognize the medicinal power of food, JWU is poised to meet the responsibility of making the world a healthier place.
JWU Code Breakers
10/24/23 | JWU’s Cybersecurity Center offers the thrill of adventure — plus job security.
JWU Gaebe commons in the fall
09/18/23 | University ranked at number 69 of 167 in Regional Universities, North category
JWU nursing facility ribbon cutting celebration
08/31/23 | Inaugural cohort of accelerated second degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing students begins classes.
JWU Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa
07/25/23 | President Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP. D., to Represent New England States.
JWU Professor Lee Esckilsen
07/19/23 | Lee Esckilsen received 2023 Education & Service Award from the International Association of Venue Managers.
Brian Warrener
06/14/23 | Faculty Member Brian Warrener to serve as center’s first director.
JWU launches MPH degree
04/26/23 | Two-year program offers flexible learning opportunities for those looking to advance their career.
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04/10/23 | JWU’s College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT) celebrates a golden anniversary as it looks to change the world with future-forward programs.
JWU students working at the on-campus Doubletree Hotel.
04/10/23 | Since its founding in 1971, the College of Hospitality Management has evolved from training travel agents to inspiring agents of change.
JWU's CCCE Center in Autumn
03/29/23 | Three students from Johnson & Wales University’s College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT) recently received high accolades in national and international student chef competitions.
Former Congressman Jim Langevin and Jodi Berg, the former CEO of Vitamix
03/15/23 | Former member of Congress, industry leader to address graduating students
Ray McCue (left) and Paul Ullucci (right)
02/16/23 | Chef Ray McCue and Associate Professor Paul A. Ullucci, Jr., Receive Honors
Beverage Center launch celebration
11/30/22 | Center to bring university programs together with industry professionals; “Boston Stone” cocktail takes top prize in beverage competition
The exterior of JWU’s Yena Center.
10/25/22 | Jennifer McGee, Rachel Nunes round out external communications, media relations team
Students in equine program
09/21/22 | New degrees will expand legacy of four-decade equine program
Students in JWU's College of Health & Wellness
09/12/22 | First cohort of four-semester Bachelor of Science program to begin in fall 2023
Gaebe Commons, Fall 2022
09/12/22 | Providence Campus ranked 70 overall in northeast region
JWU students in a culinary lab
08/10/22 | Councils to strengthen ties between colleges and real-world industries
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza presents the RePower PVD award to Johnson & Wales University in August 2022
08/03/22 | Recognized for Decreasing Energy Consumption by 45% in Academic Center
Educational Leadership students at the Providence Campus
06/29/22 | Teachers, staff and volunteers can qualify for discounted graduate, doctoral programs.
JWU students in the Cybersecurity Lab
06/07/22 | Prestigious five-year designation shows excellence in cybersecurity education.
Occupational Therapy Doctorate students
04/28/22 | One of two new doctoral programs to receive their degrees at commencement ceremonies May 6.
2022 JWU Sharkfest winners Maya Alderman, Asia Vo and Jessica Hess
04/26/22 | Condiment Company Takes Home Top Honors in Annual Business Pitching Competition for Students
Entrance gates to JWU's Harborside Campus
04/08/22 | The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Higher Education Challenge (HEC) grant program has awarded Johnson & Wales University (JWU) and the University of Rhode Island (URI) more than $270,000 in funding to support food systems research initiatives.
Newly minted JWU graduates celebrate commencement
03/24/22 | JWU today announced plans to hold in-person commencement ceremonies this May. The University will hold its commencement exercises on May 6, 2022 and May 7, 2022 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Masked, distanced JWU students take part in synchronous online classes
12/21/21 | JWU today announced that the university will require all students, faculty and staff who do not have an exemption approved by health services (students) or Human Resources (faculty and staff) due to medical or religious reasons to receive a COVID-19 booster shot if it has been six months since their last vaccine dose.
Powered By Purpose 2024 logo
11/04/21 | Johnson & Wales University today launched a new strategic plan focused on academics, industry, and communities. The 10-year master strategic plan, known as the Powered By series, features three components spanning that time frame.
Elaine Black, Ph.D., JWU's inaugural Ecolab Executive-in-Residence
10/27/21 | Johnson & Wales University, a global leader in food innovation and technology education, recently launched an exclusive ‘Executive-in-Residence’ partnership with Ecolab Inc. to provide students and faculty with the opportunity to work closely with industry experts.
Students in JWU's Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program
09/22/21 | The Rhode Island Free Clinic has started a new partnership with the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Johnson & Wales University.
Sandra Affenito, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Academic Administration (left), and Mary Meixell, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business.
08/10/21 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) has appointed Sandra Affenito, Ph.D., as the vice chancellor of academic administration, and has named Mary Meixell, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Business.
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07/29/21 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today announced that all faculty and staff are now required to be fully vaccinated.
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06/23/21 | The Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Board of Trustees formally elected four new members at its annual meeting on June 22: Shivan S. Subramaniam; M. Teresa Paiva Weed, J.D.; Chef Lorena Garcia ’00, ’14 Hon.; and Rob Palleschi ’86, ’14 Hon.
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06/23/21 | Projects examine equity in the prison system; healthcare disparities; emergency response training
05/11/21 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today announced that, after careful consultation with government and public health officials, the university will require all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival to campus for the fall semester.
Korina Ramsland Short headshot
05/05/21 | Korina Ramsland Short, director of the Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Gender Equity Center, has been selected to present a 90-minute workshop at Massachusetts Children’s Alliance’s (MACA) eleventh annual statewide conference, “Healing, Hope & Justice: An Advanced Conversation.”
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04/20/21 | Late this afternoon, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd. Even as some – ourselves included – feel relief that justice has prevailed in this specific case, this is not a moment for joy. This case was not a victory for anyone: the circumstances of George Floyd’s death – and the dozens like it since – have widened a chasm in our nation.
JWU students working out at the Harborside gym.
04/05/21 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) will launch a new Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science in fall 2021. The program, which is part of the university’s growing College of Health & Wellness, focuses on the human body, injury recovery and how nutrition, psychology and exercise come together holistically for optimum health.
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03/23/21 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) has announced its intention to return to full operations in the fall, inviting all students back to campus, with courses being offer in-person as well as through hybrid delivery.
Dean Jason Evans of the College of Food Innovation & Technology
01/25/21 | Aligned with its strategic focus as an evolving comprehensive university, Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is expanding its world-renowned culinary education with an interdisciplinary approach to food and its impact on people, industries and the world.
Johnson & Wales University seal
01/07/21 | In response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, JWU Chancellor Mim L. Runey LP.D., joined with her fellow campus leaders to issue the following statement to the university community.
Students working in a Johnson & Wales lab
12/01/20 | JWU’s new Bachelor of Science degree in Cannabis Entrepreneurship is the first degree program in the Northeast to integrate cannabis science and business entrepreneurship.
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10/05/20 | Following 38 confirmed off campus students testing positive for COVID-19 last week, Johnson & Wales University has been working collaboratively with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to mitigate the situation and prevent a widespread outbreak. At RIDOH’s urging, JWU will conduct a baseline test for its entire student campus community.
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08/28/20 | Fogg appointed Vice President of Planning and Research; Raia named Vice President of Strategic Communications
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08/06/20 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today announced plans to realign its varsity athletics through the discontinuation of Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Volleyball, and Club Football.
Kyle J. McInnis
07/20/20 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today announced the appointment of Kyle J. McInnis Sc.D., FACSM, as the next provost of Johnson & Wales University. McInnis begins his service to the university today
Johnson & Wales University biology students in a lab setting
07/13/20 | JWU, in partnership with the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), has launched a new 3+3 program that creates a pathway for qualified JWU students to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree in 6 years.
07/01/20 | Nearly 1,800 students were named to the Johnson & Wales University Providence Campus dean’s list for the spring 2020 term.
Gaebe Common in the fall.
06/25/20 | Times have changed in higher education across the country, and so too must Johnson & Wales’ strategic direction as we build for the future.
Wildcat Center
06/15/20 | JWU today announced its plans to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester.
04/20/20 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) junior Brian Thornber, an integrated product design major, was awarded $5,000 to support his Bloodhound Mask, a mask that alerts first-responders to harmful contaminants.
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04/08/20 | In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, JWU has announced a special summer session for College of Culinary Arts labs interrupted in the spring term and a new commencement date.
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03/17/20 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today announced that academic classes will continue to be delivered online through the remainder of the spring term.
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03/12/20 | JWU today announced that non-culinary lab academic classes will move to online and remote instruction starting Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 12.
03/10/20 | JWU faculty in Culinary Nutrition and Dietetics & Applied Nutrition share their advice during March, which is National Nutrition Month.®
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03/09/20 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) will offer free tax preparation services to individuals who earned $64,000 or less in 2019 through the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
12/13/19 | More than 2,425 students were named to the JWU Providence dean’s list for the fall 2019 term.
JWU Chancellor Mim Runey
10/21/19 | This summer, JWU was temporarily removed from the U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings. It was the best thing to happen to the university, according to Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D.
Media production lab at JWU
10/04/19 | JWU today celebrated the opening of its new Center for Media Production, a studio space that supports the institution’s Media & Communication Studies program.
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09/12/19 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré, Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. and members of the Providence Police Department to celebrate the opening of a new police substation on the JWU’s Harborside Campus.
group of JWU OTD students posing together
06/17/19 | Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is expanding its presence and influence in the health arena by offering the first entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program in Rhode Island.
JWU Check from Twin River
05/31/19 | For the fifth consecutive year, Twin River Casino Hotel contributed $2,500 to the JWU College of Hospitality Management for the Food & Beverage Management student fellowship and faculty internship programs.
Small robotic controllable car being used in robotics lab
05/06/19 | This summer, Johnson & Wales University is offering kids and teens an alternative to traditional summer camp.
04/16/19 | At its 2019 commencement ceremonies, Johnson & Wales University will confer honorary doctorate degrees to seven individuals in recognition of their distinguished careers and positive influence on their industries and communities.
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03/20/19 | More than 2,400 students were named to the JWU Providence Campus dean’s list for the winter 2018-2019 term.
JWU Providence President Marie Bernardo Sousa  in front of Snowden Hall
03/19/19 | Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D., '92, has been appointed president of the Providence Campus of Johnson & Wales University.
JWU Chancellor Mim Runey
03/07/19 | On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, a new chapter in JWU's history will be written with the Investiture Ceremony of Mim L. Runey, LP.D. as the university’s chancellor.
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12/10/18 | More than 2,650 students were named to the JWU Providence Campus dean’s list for the fall 2018 term.
Headshot of JWU Professor Mari Dias, Ed.D.
12/07/18 | Professor Mari Dias, Ed.D., examines anxiety and grief during the holidays and ways to cope and enjoy the spirit of the season.
JWU Leadership at TD Garden Holding Bruins Jersey
10/10/18 | The Boston Bruins and Johnson & Wales University have announced a five-year, multifaceted partnership naming JWU as the Official Education Partner of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden
Mim Runey
10/01/18 | Mim L. Runey, LP.D., has assumed the position of chancellor of Johnson & Wales University. She becomes the university’s third chancellor in its 104-year history.
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05/16/18 | On Wednesday, May 23, during NBC10's News at Noon broadcast, viewers will hear JWU Chef Frank Terranova sign-off for the last time with his signature, "Now that's Cooking with Class," when the culinary segment takes its final bow.
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05/15/18 | Six luminaries representing a range of industry and academia will receive honorary degrees at the 2018 JWU commencement ceremonies.
Ray Maccue at JWU's Cuisinart Center
04/03/18 | Ray McCue, associate professor in the Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts, has earned certification as a Worldchefs Certified Master Chef. The credential, one of the highest within the culinary arts profession, is issued by the World Association of Chefs Society.
Radisson Signage in Warwick, Rhode Island
03/29/18 | JWU has completed a purchase and sales agreement for its hotel property located at 2081 Post Road, Warwick, R.I., including the land and building that houses Legal Sea Foods, to Pinnacle Hotel Management, a Florida-based developer, for $7.5 million.
03/22/18 | JWU has officially launched FOCUS 2022, a new, “bold and ambitious” strategic plan that builds on the university’s previous strategic plans that have guided JWU’s academic and physical expansion.
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03/05/18 | This fall, Johnson & Wales University (JWU) will expand its online academic catalog, adding 21 new programs to its College of Online Education.
Baking student taking bread out of the oven
02/12/18 | For 3 days, 150 artisan international bakers, educators, chefs, and food professionals will convene at Johnson & Wales University’s Providence Campus.
01/11/18 | Johnson & Wales University Chancellor John J. Bowen '77 today announced that he will retire on December 31, 2018.
side-by-side of females in OTD program
12/14/17 | Johnson & Wales is expanding its academic offerings to welcome student cohorts in two new, fully-online doctoral programs starting in the fall of 2018.
JWU College of Hospitality Associate Professor Katie Davin
11/15/17 | Associate Professor Katie Davin offers advice to take the stress out of family visits during the holidays.
10/20/17 | JWU has achieved nearly $4 million in savings over 4 years through the implementation of energy conservation measures + sustainability initiatives across the Providence Campus.
07/18/17 | For the second year in a row, all students enrolled in the two-year Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies have graduated on time and passed the board certification exam administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.