From the Campus President

Charlotte is an ideal community for our students, faculty and staff to live, work, learn and play.

Charlotte Campus President Art Gallagher

Here at Johnson & Wales University, we take pride in preparing students for success. This is something we have done from the very first day our institution opened in 1914.

 Our graduates are ready for the workforce because of our uncommon approach of integrating professional skills, leadership training, and career-focused education.

We are grateful to the Charlotte community for extending such a warm welcome and will do our very best to match that warmth as we welcome you to the JWU family.

 Our goal is to ensure that you embrace this sense of community with us and begin life as JWU students with a community-centered perspective; one that we hope will continue to grow well beyond your years at JWU.

Johnson & Wales University is a place where ideas matter. If you are serious about your education and have begun to focus on a career, then JWU is the place for you.

Arthur J. Gallagher, Charlotte Campus President 

About the Campus President
Arthur J. Gallagher was named President of the Charlotte Campus in January 2003. The Charlotte Campus opened in September 2004 with 1,020 students and currently has an enrollment of 2600 students. The Charlotte Campus offers degrees in the College of Business, College of Culinary Arts, and The Hospitality College, with 210 faculty and staff. It has been estimated that the Charlotte Campus will generate in excess of $60 million in annual economic activity in Charlotte.

Gallagher joined Johnson & Wales University in 1999 as Vice President of Student Affairs at the Providence Campus. Before joining Johnson & Wales, Gallagher was Associate Dean of Student Life at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a member of the administration for 24 years. He has been involved with college life and student affairs issues for more than three decades.

Gallagher received his BA in English and MA in education from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. A leader in community affairs, Gallagher graduated from the Leadership Rhode Island Class of 2002 as well as the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2003. Gallagher was awarded the Leadership Charlotte “Newcomer of the Year” in 2004. Gallagher was recently awarded the Thurgood Marshall College Fund “Award of Excellence”.

Currently, Gallagher serves his community on the boards of Charlotte Center City Partners, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Charlotte School of Law, Leadership Charlotte, Foundation for the Carolinas and previously served on the Boards of the Arts & Science Council and United Way of Central Carolinas.

He relocated to Charlotte from Foxboro, Massachusetts, with his wife, Alice. They have two grown children. 

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