North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will welcome a new campus dining provider beginning on July 1, 2021. The university entered a 10-year partnership with Aramark, a national food service and hospitality services vendor, for the campus’ dining hall, retail food sales and all other food and convenience store locations. Aramark will be the exclusive campus catering provider.
“The selection of Aramark supports NCCU’s No. 1 priority of student success, our strategic plan, Charting a New Landscape for Student-Centered Success, new master plan, and our focus on nurturing and providing exceptional services for all our students,” said Akua J. Matherson, chief financial officer and vice chancellor for Administration and Finance at NCCU. “Aramark will attract additional national retail brands to NCCU and provide diverse food options for the university’s growing enrollment and campus footprint, that includes a new Student Center and three new residence halls.”
The request for proposals and process also included input from a student-led Campus Dining Advisory Committee. The ability to provide diverse, healthy, high quality, local ingredients and meals, while maintaining a safe work environment with superior customer service also factored into the evaluation process. The selection committee included students, senior leadership, staff and faculty, with NCCU’s Board of Trustees voting unanimously to approve the selection of Aramark at its April 2021 meeting.
Additional enhancements to the new dining program will include the future collaboration with the university’s athletics department for concessions in its facilities.
“It’s a privilege to serve NC Central, a university that is both steeped in history and simultaneously future focused,” said Jack Donovan, president and CEO for Aramark Higher Education. “We are always thrilled to develop new collegiate relationships, but we are especially thankful to partner with a school that values world class research and service—two signature qualities mirrored in Aramark’s own culinary innovation and hospitality.”
“NCCU is noted for its legacy of graduating students who transform communities,” said Trevor Ferguson, chief operating officer and president of Aramark. “Joining a university that has provided liberal arts education for African-American students for more than a century is an honor for Aramark and only deepens our food service commitment to our nation’s HBCUs. Together, we’ll nourish body and mind.”