Grace Welcome Center, new home of the culinary
and graduate admissions offices, was dedicated in
November 2010 to Edward P. “Ned” Grace III ’97
Hon. Grace is president of Phelps Grace International
Inc., an Orlando-based investment management
company, and managing director of Grace
Venture Partners LP and Grace Restaurant Partners
LP. He has been a trustee of JWU since 1992 and
is currently a member of the corporation.
“Ned Grace has built his career success upon
a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment
to excellence and a visionary approach. His hard
work, dedication and strong leadership have earned
him respect across multiple industries,” says JWU
Chancellor John Bowen ’77. “It is fitting that this
admissions facility — the place where our students
will begin their career journeys at JWU — is named
in his honor.”
For the nearly 4,000 students enrolled in JWU’s
culinary and graduate programs at the Harborside
Campus, Grace Welcome Center stands as a gateway
to their careers. The 7,900-square-foot facility
is the third environmentally sustainable building
at Harborside. Everything about the design,
materials and fixtures was chosen to reduce
impact on the environment.
The center was built to be not only the admissions
center for culinary and graduate students, but
also a gathering place. The glass-walled building
includes a large entrance lobby, presentation
room, meeting space, kitchen and gallery featuring
artifacts from the nearby Culinary Arts Museum at
Johnson & Wales University. A patio with views of
Narragansett Bay opens up from the main meeting
space and has become a sought-after location for
special functions and receptions.
Image above l-r: Charles Grace, Edward P. Grace IV, Edward P. ”Ned” Grace III, wife, Holly Grace, and Samuel Grace were guests at ceremonies in their honor at the Grace Welcome Center in April.
Documentary Brings JWU
Audiences ‘A Sense of Place’
With “Jack Yena’s Legacy: Finding a Sense of Place,”
Marian Gagnon, PhD, a professor in the John Hazen
White School of Arts & Sciences, completes the film
trilogy that began as part of her doctoral dissertation
In this final episode, Gagnon tells JWU’s story
through the years of the university’s third president,
John Yena ’06 Hon., from 1989 through 2004, when
he was named chairman of the board. During his tenure,
the university experienced unprecedented growth both
physically and academically.
The first documentary of the series, “HER story: The
Founding Mothers of Johnson & Wales University,” focused
on the women who established the school nearly 100 years
ago, Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales. It was followed by
“Johnson & Wales University: Men of Vision,” which continued
the institution’s story with Morris Gaebe ’98 Hon.
and Ed Triangolo ’80 Hon. at the helm.
In addition to extensive interviews with Yena and
University Chancellor John Bowen ’77, the final episode
offers interviews with the new generation of women now
guiding the university forward including campus
presidents Loreen Chant ’89 and Bette Matkowski, and
University Provost Veera Gaul, PhD, ’91 MS.
“The powerful partnerships, mission, out-of-the-box
thinking and vision for this school — these were
common elements in all three stories. Yet the people —
Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales, Morris Gaebe and
Ed Triangolo, and most recently Jack Yena — were so
distinctly unique from one another,” Gagnon notes.
“That is what really captivated me.”
Image above, l-r: Damon Isé and Marian Gagnon, PhD, mark
the premiere of Gagnon’s documentary with JWU Chairman
John Yena ’06 Hon. and his wife, Donna Yena.
“By staying connected to our alumni’s career progression, we are
able to enhance our academic courses and offer relevant internship
opportunities for our current students so they, too, can be on
the path to lifelong career satisfaction.”