JWU Charlotte President Search
Johnson & Wales University Seeks President for Charlotte Campus
Johnson & Wales University is excited to launch a nationwide search for a President for our Charlotte Campus which is part of a comprehensive university system providing students with opportunities in a wide breadth of industry-relevant disciplines.
About Johnson & Wales University

Our Mission: "Johnson & Wales University ... an exceptional education that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth."

Johnson & Wales University was founded as a business school in 1914 in Providence, Rhode Island by Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales. Over more than a century, it has evolved to become a comprehensive university that offers an excellent educational experience to students across a diverse spectrum of programs that are designed to prepare our graduates to make meaningful and immediate contributions in their fields of choice. The university has two campuses — Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina — and seven colleges that provide academic and industry expertise in fields that range from food innovation and technology to health and wellness; engineering to business; arts and sciences to hospitality.

In the early 2000s, the Charlotte business community turned to Johnson & Wales University and invited JWU to expand its institutional footprint with a campus in the heart of the Queen City. The Charlotte Campus opened in 2004 and currently enrolls approximately 1,400 students from across the United States and eight countries. Since its founding, the faculty, staff, students and administrators from JWU Charlotte have developed, maintained and strengthened partnerships with Charlotte businesses and civic institutions and have turned the university into an important driver of economic activity and an essential developer of talent for the entire region.

The nearly 15-acre, urban campus in uptown Charlotte offers programs in food innovation, hospitality, business, arts and sciences, and health and wellness.

Johnson & Wales University — including JWU Charlotte — is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The university has a decades-long reputation for being a national leader in its commitment to experiential learning and industry collaboration. In 2014, the university earned the prestigious William M. Burke Award from the National Society of Experiential Education and earlier this year was recognized by the National Career Development Association as an exemplary career center.

Innovation and entrepreneurship have always been a hallmark of the university’s approach, whether serving veterans returning from war, introducing degree programs in hospitality and culinary arts, or offering graduate degree programs tailored for industry needs. In recent years, JWU has broadened its focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and strengthened commitment to interdisciplinary programs to prepare students to be leaders in their industries. The newly repositioned College of Food Innovation & Technology builds on JWU’s reputation as a global leader in culinary education and is focused on the full breadth of the food economy — from sustainability to supply chain; health and wellness to packaging; product development to culinary. Additionally, JWU has degree programs in fields that include corporate accounting, financial analysis, public health, and marketing at the undergraduate level, to sport leadership and international beverage management at the graduate level.

JWU is ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Top College in the Regional University – North category. The university currently serves more than 8,700 students, including 7,449 degree-seeking undergraduates, on the two campus and through the College of Professional Studies. The JWU alumni network includes more than 110,000 individuals from all 50 states and 125 countries.

JWU Charlotte Key Facts
  • Nearly 1,400 currently enrolled students
  • 20 bachelor’s degree (B.S., B.A., B.S.B.A.) programs and two A.A.S. programs
  • 225 faculty and staff
  • More than 8,000 individuals in the JWU Charlotte alumni network
Charlotte: The Queen City

You’ll know you have arrived at JWU’s Charlotte Campus when you see our gleaming steel and glass tower on West Trade Street. Our welcoming, intimate campus is right in the heart of the Queen City — which offers a combination of urban living and Southern charm.

On campus, the university has invested more than $9 million in construction over the past 10 years. In the suite-style residence halls Cedar Hall North and Cedar Hall South, students participate in life and leadership enhancing activities through student clubs and organizations that encompass cultural arts, community service, professional development and student government. The Wildcat Center is home to an expanding range of varsity sports teams and features a comprehensive fitness center, gymnasium, and the Wildcat Den, a large student meeting space. Other facilities include the apartment-style residence hall City View Towers, the university-owned Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte, the Gateway Center, Gateway Village, and an the Academic Center with classrooms, labs, auditorium, and an events center.

JWU students take advantage of the city’s cultural organizations for both leisure activities and academically focused internships and work experiences, including neighborhood festivals and arts education programs that produce more than 65,000 performances and events annually. The campus is within walking distance of major sports and entertainment venues like Truist Field, Bank of America Stadium (home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers), Spectrum Arena (home to the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets) and the Epicentre.

With Charlotte’s 214 days of sunshine annually and four distinct seasons, Johnson & Wales students take advantage of the region’s wide-ranging recreational offerings — from internationally renowned golf courses and the Inner Peaks Climbing Center to the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the 400-acre Carowinds Theme Park.

Strategic Planning

Since the early 1990s, Johnson & Wales University has evolved and prospered under a succession of strategic plans that have been led by the Chancellor and senior university leaders — including the Charlotte Campus President. The university is currently completing its work guided by the FOCUS 2022 plan and will soon unveil a new, updated strategic plan that will focus on academics, industry and our communities.

Commitment To Diversity And Inclusion

Embracing diversity for a richly inclusive community is a guiding principle at JWU. Our students, faculty and staff have varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that unite us as one community and contribute to our success.

Johnson & Wales University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.

In early 2019, JWU adopted a statement of diversity, equity and inclusion which reads, in part, that "Johnson & Wales University is firmly committed to nurturing and further strengthening an inclusive and equitable environment that embraces the broad range of diversity of all members of our community. We accept and celebrate diversity in every form – including diversity in thought..."

How To Apply

While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to visit the JWU Employment Site to review the full job description and submit their application by November 30, 2021 for optimal consideration.

Application materials should include a current résumé or CV and letter of interest. Nominations should be directed to Karen Almond, director of employee recruitment at kalmond@jwu.edu.