President, Charlotte Campus

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


Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 8,700 graduate, undergraduate and online students. The university has two campuses — Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina — and seven colleges.  The time students spend at JWU will shape their lives for years to come. The university’s impact is global, with more than 110,000 alumni from all 50 states and 125 countries.

The Charlotte Campus opened in 2004 and currently enrolls nearly 1,400 students from across the U.S. and eight countries. This campus is spread over nearly 15 acres and nine buildings in uptown Charlotte and offers programs in food innovation, hospitality, business, liberal arts, and health and wellness. 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.

The Charlotte Campus president is responsible for leading the campus to ensure the fulfillment of campus and systemwide strategic objectives. The president serves as the Charlotte Campus dean of academic affairs, who is the chief academic officer at the campus operating in concert with university objectives.

The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution and a significant amount of experience in executive-level leadership, management and academic administration in higher education. The incumbent must be a strategic and visionary leader who is student centered, committed to diversity and inclusion, and has exemplary interpersonal and communication skills. Additional qualifications include excellent decision-making and problem-solving competencies, a record of sound fiscal management, and personal and professional integrity.

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. We are committed to enhancing the diversity of our workforce teams, and we encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

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.

This key leadership role requires full-time presence on campus and within the JWU community. In order to be present and fully immersed in campus life, qualified candidates must live or relocate within daily commuting distance of the Charlotte Campus location upon hire.

Information regarding this search can be found at Charlotte President Search.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to submit their application through the JWU Employment Site 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