Sustainable Future

A message from Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D.: Johnson & Wales University’s new strategic direction for a sustainable future.

Throughout our 106-year history, Johnson & Wales University has been transformed by our university leadership who responded to the changing times with the vision to see where we needed to go and how to get there. Once again, we are going through a remarkable change in higher education. Once again, it is time for us to respond with a new vision for Johnson & Wales’ future.

This week, the JWU Board of Trustees determined that the time has come to consolidate the university’s physical footprint as we strategically move to become a more comprehensive university focused on a broader array of academic offerings. As we position the university for the future, JWU’s unique status as one university, with four geographically diverse on-the-ground campuses must now become part of our past. At our flagship campus in Providence, we will continue focusing our efforts to create a thriving six-college model, complemented by our robust College of Online Education, as we add new programs in engineering, design, and health and wellness; expand offerings in the arts and sciences; and, promote our new College of Food Innovation & Technology. Together, with new presidential leadership, a growing portfolio of academic programs and continued strong support from the Charlotte community, Johnson & Wales University will be well positioned to thrive in the years ahead.

As we move to become a more comprehensive university with campuses in Providence and Charlotte, the decision has been made to officially cease operations at the North Miami and Denver campuses in the summer of 2021. This decision was not made lightly, and we understand that it will impact members of our community. While the North Miami and Denver campuses will open this September for students who have already begun their studies, new students will not be permitted to enroll at JWU’s North Miami or Denver campuses. The university will work with every student impacted to develop a plan that allows them to graduate on time, whether at another JWU campus, online or another institution. To learn more and better understand the many factors that led to this decision and the measures we will take to support our community members in Florida and Colorado, read the full message (PDF) from JWU Board of Trustees Chair Jim Hance and me.

Through each transformation of JWU, we became stronger because we had the courage to make the right decisions to ensure that the university would continue to fulfill its mission to provide an exceptional education.

It has been, and always will be: Forever JWU.