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JDRQuest & Co Helps to Build a Team of Top Diverse Talent

Over the past five years, JDRQUEST&CO has placed diverse hospitality talent in senior leadership roles at several universities. Recent hires at Princeton University include:  Edward Wang, Director of Operations and Project Management With 20 years experience in senior and client leadership roles in hospitality, finance, educational and senior living markets, Edward brings his creative skills […]
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Williams College appoints new Director of Dining Services

After an extensive national search, JDRQUEST&CO has placed Temesgen Araya as Williams College's next Director of Dining Services. Temesgen previously served as the General Manager of Dining Services for NBC at 30 Rock and additional locations. His more than fifteen-year career in the hospitality industry is defined by his rapid rise through a number of […]
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Stony Brook Appoints Executive Director FSA

After a comprehensive national search by JDRQUEST & CO., Van Sullivan, Director of Retail Services and Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been appointed Executive Director for the Faculty Student Association (FSA) effective December 3rd, 2018. In his new role, Van will serve as the Chief Operating Officer of our auxiliary […]
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Challenges, and more distractions, lie ahead for colleges

How big-picture threats to higher ed are impacting campuses and what administrators are doing to take control. Clouds that emerged throughout 2017 are hanging over the heads of campus administrators, posing potentially huge impacts to higher ed as a whole. See full story
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Vanderbilt Campus Dining Announces New Executive Director

David ter Kuile, an accomplished leader with 19 years of experience in multiple sectors of the food service industry, has been named Executive Director of Campus Dining. David will lead the award-winning Campus Dining program, which includes 21 campus locations, 42 managers and a staff of 280. David formerly served as Resident District Manager overseeing […]
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Sunil Yaradi: Campus Dining Director of University Catering

Sunil Yaradi has been named Director of University Catering and joins the Campus Dining team beginning May 30, 2017. In this capacity, Sunil will provide leadership for the University Catering department that averages over 7000 events per year. Yaradi’s experience includes growing food and beverage portfolios for the Hyatt Hotel chain and in developing both […]
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Plant forward, literally

Campus Dining is brilliant. When you walk through the buffet, have you noticed that the options are usually ordered in the same way, at every dining hall, at every meal? You receive vegetables first, then grains and proteins. This isn’t an accident. It’s a subtle, powerful policy choice. Campus Dining has embraced “plant forward” menus […]
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Homecoming: Cornell Dining's new director brings family ties and staff focus to the job

Dustin Cutler wasn't interested in a new university dining director position -- until he heard the phone call was about a job at Cornell. The Central New York native has spent over a decade in food service management, and he'll join us as Cornell Dining's new director on January 30. Cornell Dining is consistently ranked […]
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Princeton University Dining Embarks on a New Vision and launches an innovative Teaching Kitchen

Princeton University Campus Dining brings together expertise in the culinary, wellness, sustainability, procurement and hospitality to develop innovative programs in support of their diverse and vibrant community. The award-winning food program is based on scientific and evidence based principles of healthy and sustainable menus prepared by the culinary team. In honor of National Food Day, […]
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College Dorm Rooms and Facilities Go Luxe

Universities are looking to the hospitality industry for ways to attract students and enhance the college experience. From concierge service to luxury resort style facilities, dorm rooms and gourmet dining - the level of service and breadth of amenities has become a deciding factor in an ever-competitive educational landscape. Waterparks, upscale movie theaters, golf ranges […]
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Scott Bruhn, Executive Chef Iowa State Returns to his Alma Mater

JDRQUEST undertook a regional search to find the perfect candidate to oversees Iowa State’s residential dining centers, cafes, convenience stores, food court, restaurants, catering department, commissary kitchen, bakery and food stores. From the onset of the search, the Director the University was very interested in a candidate with high volume hotel experience and a creative leader who could […]
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Princeton University hires hospitality innovator, Smitha Haneef

Following a nation-wide search, Smitha Haneef, an award-winning food service and hospitality leader, is selected as Princeton University's executive director of campus dining. Our successful placement at Princeton University relied on identifying candidates who were a good “cultural’ fit while also having strong management experience in university dining and food-service. A collaborative and flexible working style […]
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Couples Resorts Jamaica names Dean Sullivan as Vice President of Sales & Marketing

A thorough understanding of Couples Resorts business and culture along with a global search among leading resort brands culminated in the selection of Dean Sullivan, who previously served as Vice President of Digital Marketing at Atlantis Paradise Island. As a family business, Couples Resorts new leader had to be comfortable working directly with owners, an […]
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