Students in The Hospitality College at the Providence Campus cheered at the presentation of a $1 million check from Hilton Worldwide to Johnson & Wales University in September.
In a packed Schneider Auditorium, JWU trustee Clay Snyder '93, director of brand performance for DoubleTree by Hilton, and Robert Palleschi '86, Hilton Hotels & Resorts global head and senior VP, were joined by Hilton Worldwide’s Rodney Moses, vice president of global recruiting, and Meghan Magette, campus recruitment manager, along with JWU leaders, for official ceremonies.
“The Hilton Corporation was one of the first companies to
come on the Johnson & Wales University campus to recruit new
employees,” said Chancellor John Bowen '77. “We are proud to
have maintained such a strong, mutually beneficial relationship for
so long, and accepting the generous
gift from Hilton on behalf of
almost 17,000 JWU students was a
definite high point in our longtime
Snyder and Palleschi told their
audience about the history of
Hilton Worldwide, its business
model and opportunities for
internships and programs available for current students. Speaking
about their own experiences with the global hospitality company,
they credited JWU with preparing students to be great employees
for Hilton Worldwide.
Both enjoyed their return visit to their alma mater.
“It’s great to see the knowledge level of the students and the
bright futures that they have ahead of them,” Snyder said.
He noted that getting Hilton Worldwide more involved with
the university and its students will continue to be one of his
constant goals. “I’m looking forward to celebrating many more
Palleschi was excited by the atmosphere. “There is such great
positive energy, passion and a commitment to excellence. Clearly
the university is preparing these future leaders to take our
industry to new heights.”
Funds from the $1 million gift will support student scholarships and faculty development opportunities. Gifts of all sizes can have a big impact. Make a difference today.