William R. Tiefel ’98 Hon. Professors
A DOZEN YEARS WITH THE WILLIAM R. TIEFEL ’98 HON. PROFESSORIAL CHAIR PROGRAM THIS YEAR JWU STUDENTS once again had the opportunity to engage
with hospitality industry leaders thanks to the gift of William R. Tiefel ’98 Hon., a longtime executive at Marriott International and chairman emeritus of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Students on the North Miami and Charlotte campuses met with George J. Palladino, president of the Palladino Group, Palm Beach, Florida, and former global human resources officer for Marriott International. Students on the Denver and Providence campuses spent time with Daniel R. Flannery, senior vice president and managing director of EDITION Hotels. Their visits included classroom sessions and meetings, as well as presentations to the greater campus communities. In 2003, in keeping with his commitment to education, which he describes as “the foundation upon which the hospitality industry builds its future,” Tiefel established the William R. Tiefel Professorial Chair Program. The university’s first endowed chair brings senior hospitality executives to the campuses to interact with students on issues facing the hospitality industry. Paul McVety, dean of the JWU School of Hospitality, notes: “The Tiefel Professorial Chair Program shows how our experiential education model works to ensure that our students gain valuable knowledge in their pursuit of promising hospitality careers.” Tiefel underwrites the program annually and has made a planned gift to guarantee that it continues in the future. Since 2004, 14 executives from various sectors of the hospitality industry have served as Tiefel distinguished visiting professors. ~ Julia S. Emlen
2015 J. W. Marriott, Jr. ’95 Hon. Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, Marriott International Inc. 2014 Robert J. “Bob” McCarthy Retired COO, Marriott International, Inc. Chairman, Hotel Development, Partners LLC Chairman, McCarthy Investments LLC 2014 Ezzat S. Coutry Retired Senior Vice President, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company 2013 Jean Cohen Former COO, Atlantis Bahamas/Kerzer International and Former Vice President and General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman 2013 Deborah Marriott Harrison Global Officer, Culture and Business Councils, Marriott International Inc.
2012 Robin Uler President, Fresh Take LLC 2010 DeNita L. Turner President and CEO, Image Builders Inc. 2009 Roger J. Dow ’09 Hon. President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association 2007 Niki Leondakis CEO, Commune Hotels and Resorts LLC 2006 Stephen P. Weisz ’01 Hon. President and CEO, Marriott Vacations Worldwide 2005 Don Landry Owner and President, Top Ten Hospitality Advisors 2004 Michael Leven ’00 Hon. Chairman and CEO, Georgia Aquarium Inc. Former COO, The Las Vegas Sands
CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF® BRAND ENDOWS SCHOLARSHIP CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF® BRAND (CAB), head-
quartered in Wooster, Ohio, has been a friend of Johnson & Wales University for a number of years. CAB was founded in the 1970s when a group of beef farmers decided they could collectively produce its Certified Angus Beef ® Brand. Introducing the brand to future chefs has informed the relationship with the university. Each year, CAB chefs participate in Purchasing, Product Identification & Protein Fabrication classes on the Providence Campus. CAB sponsors faculty tours to observe ranchers and processing methods that meet CAB’s standards. The university reached out to CAB to supply beef for a James Beard House dinner in Manhattan in 2014, and in 2015 CAB was a sponsor of the Centennial House dedication on the Denver Campus. Since 2012, CAB has supported culinary students on all campuses with the Certified Angus Beef ® Brand Annual Scholarship. In 2015, CAB pledged $50,000 to establish the Certified Angus Beef ® Brand Endowed Scholarship. Mary McMillen, director of consumer marketing, and Mark McCully, vice president of production, visited the Providence Campus this
MARK McCULLY CAB vice president of production and MARY McMILLEN, CAB’s director of consumer marketing, with students at the Providence Campus.
year to celebrate the new scholarship. “It’s a pleasure to work with JWU faculty and students,” says McMillen. “We want the brand to be the go-to resource for successive classes of chefs. We choose to educate rather than advocate for our brand.” ~ Randy Rosenthal
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