Johnson & Wales Named Official Education Partner of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Oct 10, 2018 10:00 AM

JWU and TD Garden staff holding a Bruins jersey


PROVIDENCE, R.I., – October 10, 2018 – The Boston Bruins, TD Garden and Johnson & Wales University (JWU) announced today a multi-year partnership naming JWU as the Official Education Partner of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden. This multifaceted partnership includes experiential education opportunities for current JWU students and offers a tuition benefit to Delaware North’s global workforce, TD Garden and the Boston Bruins.

Employees who meet the university's admissions criteria will receive a corporate partner scholarship towards more than 50 undergraduate, graduate and certificate degrees in areas such as hospitality, food service, business, and human resources, delivered by the JWU College of Professional Studies, and on ground in the university’s continuing education and graduate programs at the Providence Campus. 

“It is always rewarding for us at Delaware North to form business relationships that are truly symbiotic in nature,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings. “The opportunity to collaborate with such a profound educational institution is incredibly exciting for all of us in Boston and Delaware North as a whole.” 

“Teaming up with the Boston Bruins and TD Garden is an extraordinary opportunity for Johnson & Wales University that also benefits the employees of Delaware North,” said JWU Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D. “The opportunities to innovate menu items for the Legends customers and to develop creative solutions to real-industry challenges offer our undergraduates a professional experience that will help prepare them as future business leaders. Just as importantly, the tuition benefit provided to all Delaware North employees will assist those seeking to advance their career goals.”

Experiential education is a cornerstone of the JWU education. Students in the College of Hospitality Management classes led by Patrick Leary, Ed.D., department chair and associate professor, Sports, Entertainment & Event Management, will research and develop solutions to real–time industry issues identified by TD Garden, Boston Bruins and Delaware North leadership. Executives and culinary staff from Delaware North Sportservice, the food, beverage and retail provider for TD Garden, will collaborate with faculty and students as they investigate the selected issues. In addition, JWU will develop an annual seminar program to be held at TD Garden on topics and issues relevant to its academic programming in the areas of foodservice, hospitality, and sports, entertainment and event management. The Bruins Emmy Award winning all-access television show, Behind the B, will feature a segment highlighting the partnership in an upcoming segment and will air on NESN.

JWU, known nationally as a leader in culinary arts education, will create a “JWU item of the month” for Legends, a private, members-only restaurant and bar located on level 3 of TD Garden, open exclusively to Bruins and Celtics season ticket holders and game plan holders. Adhering to criteria specified by Legends, students in the College of Culinary Arts will develop four new menu items per season, over the course of the agreement. The Legends menu will feature a Johnson & Wales item that will change approximately every twenty games. Currently, JWU Chef Matthew Britt is leading his Contemporary Casual Concepts classes in the creation of the first menu items.

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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

About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 55,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than 500 million guests annually. Delaware North has annual revenue of about $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North at  


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