Five Things You May Not Know About Johnson & Wales University

by Ashley Jones

Colorado,  Member Matters

Every month, we feature a member by providing five interesting facts about their organization in our blog.

Many people think “culinary” when Johnson & Wales University (JWU) comes to mind. While culinary education is part of its reputation, the university is a private, non-profit institution offering associate, bachelor’s and graduate degree programs in business, hospitality, culinary, and arts and sciences.
Johnson & Wales launched an MBA program in 2013 that is delivered in a hybrid model (in-class and online). Students may choose from four concentrations: traditional, human resources management, hospitality, non-profit management, and coming soon, operations and supply chain management.
With 1,400 students, JWU has robust co-curricular programs with 13 collegiate athletic teams including soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, track and cross country.
Johnson & Wales University was founded in 1914 by two women, Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales, in Providence, RI. The university opened the 25-acre Denver Campus in the Park Hill neighborhood in 2000, and also has campuses in North Miami, Fla, and Charlotte, N.C.
In 2015, Historic Denver recognized JWU with a Community Preservation Award for renovating and restoring Centennial Hall, a building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was previously shuttered for 30 years.

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Ashley Jones