Countdown to 100

Countdown to 100

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As JWU nears the century mark, share in our enthusiasm and pride as we recount our university’s rich and vibrant history.

In 1970, Johnson & Wales Junior College of Business became Johnson & Wales College. Since 1947, co-directors Edward Triangolo ’80 Hon. and Morris Gaebe ’98 Hon. had nurtured a small secretarial school into a junior college and then a college. The new partnership of President Gaebe and Vice President John Yena ’06 Hon. promised more dynamic progress

Accessible, affordable higher education was critical even then. In 1970, the two-year Veterans Introductory Program (VIP) allowed returning servicemen and women to round out their educations while holding jobs, opening doors for many who’d never dreamed of going to college. Beginning in 1971, a four-day class week was instituted so students could study while offsetting tuition with part-time jobs. “Weekend College” was initiated. Originally envisioned for enrichment, by 1972 weekend enrollment had grown to 800 and was expanded to meet the needs of nontraditional students seeking degrees.

With the 1972 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Congress expanded federal aid programs and created Pell grants. Full-time enrollment at Johnson & Wales reached 3,500. More students began living on campus and Wildcats teams gained recognition across New England

Amidst all the growth and changes, students gravitated to programs that positioned them for career success.

Image: Officers of the corporation in 1972, left to right, Chairman Edward Triangolo; assistant secretary Severina Troiano ’48, ’79 Hon.; President Morris Gaebe; Vice President John Yena