PROVIDENCE — Attleboro resident Mim L. Runey has been appointed the next chancellor of Johnson & Wales University.
Runey, 51, has been serving as president of the university’s Providence campus and chief operating officer for the university system since 2011. She will become the university’s third chancellor in its 104-year history on Oct. 1.
Runey joined Johnson & Wales 29 years ago at its former Charleston, S.C., campus. In 2006, her family moved north so she could assume the position of senior vice president of institutional planning at the Providence campus. Two years later, her responsibilities increased as the presidents of the branch campuses reported directly to her and she oversaw the campuses’ operating budgets.
Her work as a member of the senior leadership team through her presidency at the Providence campus has resulted in a significant increase in the university’s retention and graduation rates, as well as selectivity in enrollment, and institutional aid has more than doubled, the school said.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead this institution dedicated to students’ intellectual and personal growth during this time of rapid change in higher education,” Runey said. “Johnson & Wales has evolved from a world leader in culinary and hospitality education to a university that has built upon that excellence to provide students with opportunities in a wide breadth of industry-relevant disciplines.
“Over the next five years, we will expand and design our academic programs to prepare our students for the challenges of the workplace of tomorrow. We also will be known for our preeminence in the study of food. I am excited to lead this new chapter in our university’s history.”
Runey, who holds a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University, a master’s in management from Webster University and a bachelor’s in English from Clemson University, replaces Chancellor John Bowen who will retire at the end of the year. Bowen will assume the role of chancellor emeritus from Oct. 1 until his Dec. 31 retirement.
James H. Hance Jr., chairman of the school’s board of trustees, who also served as chair of the chancellor search committee, said Runey’s vision will serve Johnson and Wales well in the coming years.
“We recognized Dr. Runey’s vision and leadership in developing this new strategic, five-year plan that sets ambitious goals for the university’s academic growth and strengthens JWU’s position in higher education for the future,” he said. “We know her collaborative leadership approach will inspire and motivate faculty and staff to transform the Johnson & Wales educational experience for years to come.”