From the Campus President

Campus President Loreen Chant: "At JWU, your career begins from the moment you step foot on our campus."A Message from Loreen M. Chant '89, president, North Miami Campus

Appropriately referred to as the “Gateway to the Americas,” South Florida’s mix of cultures, international influences and urban setting makes the North Miami Campus an ideal place to launch your career — and at Johnson & Wales University, your career begins from the moment you step foot on our campus.

Our focus on both academic rigor and industry experience gives our students the tools they need to compete in today’s challenging economic environment. Whether they choose to pursue a degree through our College of Business, Hospitality College or College of Culinary Arts, students benefit from the depth of knowledge of our faculty members and the industry experience they gain, combined with course work designed to prepare students for the marketplace.

Our emphasis on developing future leaders extends beyond the classroom. Our students are encouraged to gain a broader understanding of the civic and business needs facing the community through volunteer service projects like Join Work Unite and various events throughout the South Florida community. Their exemplary service contributions have resulted in our campus regularly being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

As a graduate from the Providence Campus, I know firsthand how JWU's focus on career education and experiential learning benefits students. I am proud to serve as the president of the North Miami Campus and am confident that your investment in your professional studies here with us is the first step toward a successful career.

About the Campus President
Loreen Chant has been with the North Miami Campus since its inception in 1992. She was named president in 2008, following the retirement of founding president Donald G. McGregor, JD. Originally hired for the position of campus registrar, she has been integral to the campus’ success.

Prior to being named campus vice president in 2000 she held a variety of key positions including special assistant to the president, and executive administrator, working closely with then-Campus Vice President Richard Kosh, PhD.

As president, Chant’s goals include enhancing the campus’ student service culture, developing strategic partnerships within South Florida to support the campus’ community leadership and fundraising initiatives, and continuing to enhance the student experience through facilities improvements, academic programs and co-curricular projects.

She is currently a member of the Strategic Enrollment Team, the University Capital Team, and the Information Technology Advisory Committee. She also recently served as a member of the NEASC Steering Committee prior to the agency’s visit in Oct 2008.

Deeply dedicated to her profession and her community, Chant was honored with the 2009 South Florida Business Journal Influential Business Women award. She also accepted a trustee position with the United Way of Miami-Dade and was recently named to United Way's Campaign Cabinet. She recently completed the Senior Executive Leadership Program with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and was named a finalist for the Building a Community Award by the March of Dimes of South Florida.

Chant is also a champi­on for the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s Miami Chapter, a board member of the Caribbean Hotel Association’s Education Foundation and the Health Foundation of South Florida.

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