Letter from the Providence Campus President

Thank you for choosing Johnson & Wales University’s Providence Campus, the oldest and largest of our four campuses. As a member of the JWU community, you are familiar with the tenets of the Wildcat Way: Pride, Courage, Character and Community, and I hope that you use this foundation to curate your JWU experience.

At the Providence Campus, we continue to invest in the educational experience, building relevant academic programs and creating active learning spaces that meet the evolving needs of industry, technology and the passions of committed JWU students. Education here is an immersive experience that opens doors and prepares graduates who will be able to adapt to the future.  

Providence is a truly vibrant and cultural city with a small-town feel and all the charms of New England. The city has more restaurants per capita than any other, many of which were founded and staffed by our graduates. These elements and its close proximity to Rhode Island’s famous beaches make Providence an attractive place to live, work and visit.

Each day, our faculty and staff contribute in meaningful ways to provide a supportive learning environment that allows students to experiment, find success, fail, and question the status quo. This is critically important to ensure a transformative educational experience. As a first generation American, first generation college student, and proud JWU alumna, I have seen the power of this approach and its ability to launch careers. I am proud of our commitment to educational excellence that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth — and I have been since I arrived on campus as a student in 1988.

I invite you to visit and learn more about our dynamic campus and commitment to excellence.


Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D., ’92
Providence Campus President