Loreen M. Chant comes full-circle from student to top administrator at Johnson & Wales
As an undergraduate hospitality management student at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island in the late 1980s, Loreen Chant envisioned a career as a hotel executive. Nearly 20 years after graduating, she became instead president of the university's North Miami campus, the cherry on top of a career-long relationship with the university.
A staffer at the campus since its 1992 inception — then only as a culinary arts program — Ms. Chant has had a hand in shaping the school into what it's become today: a three-college South Florida staple with more than 2,000 students studying topics from business to criminal justice.
Ms. Chant's main goal as president is to give more students access to these programs, chiefly through focusing on affordability. Next year, it will cost students $2,000 less to live on campus.
"Investing in the students is investing in the future," Ms. Chant says. She was interviewed on campus by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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