The University will enter into a dining services management contract with Chartwells, a member of the Compass Group, Dr. Ed Whipple, vice president for student affairs, announced last week.
The contract focuses on bringing in a leadership team to work with BGSU’s current dining leadership to manage the University’s overall dining program, including residential dining, retail operations and catering. The partnership also will allow enhancement of campus community-building opportunities, Whipple said.
Chartwells is the higher education and K-12 division of the Compass Group, which also manages dining programs for businesses and special events worldwide, including the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. According to Whipple, the BGSU partnership will provide greater buying power along with access to key management experience and ever-changing marketing strategies and food trends, while maintaining a local, student-centered approach. University Dining Services personnel will continue to be BGSU employees, and the department will retain the name University Dining Services.
The decision to partner with Chartwells was made after a thorough review, input from the campus community and visits to other university campuses, Whipple said. “We are confident that Chartwells will work closely with us to ensure our students are receiving a competitive, world-class dining program. This agreement will also enable us to upgrade our dining facilities more rapidly, especially MacDonald dining hall and other important campus venues,” he said.
The transition will begin immediately in preparation for the beginning of fall classes in August.