Fran Ridolfo graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a dual bachelor's degree in marketing and retail marketing and an associate degree in fashion merchandising in 1987. She started her career in the retail industry as a district manager for The Limited Corporation. Her belief in the value of a JWU education brought her back to the university where she has held the positions of Director of Residential Life at the North Miami Campus and Residence Hall Director, Financial Planner and Admissions Officer at the Providence Campus. She has worked in admissions recruitment for several years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and working with local political organizations.