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From: Media RelationsHARRISONBURG -- Aramark, one of the world’s largest food services operations, will take over management of James Madison University’s campus dining operations in July.
Following a request for proposals to operate its food services, JMU awarded a 10-year contract to the Philadelphia-based firm. Aramark operates dining operations at more than 400 colleges and universities – six at Virginia public universities, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, William and Mary and Old Dominion University.
Charles W. King Jr., JMU vice president for administration and finance, said that Aramark’s broad-based operation will enable services for JMU students to be enhanced.
King said the university constantly reviews the possibility of contracting various university functions to private sources if better services and more efficient operations will result.
In recent years, JMU has also outsourced its printing, bulk mail and bookstore operations to the private sector.
For the past eight years, Sodexho Marriott has provided JMU with a management team for dining services. Aramark’s agreement calls for it to take over the entire operation.
Current full-time employees of the food service operations will remain employees of JMU if they do not want to transfer to Aramark, King said. "We expect the transition to proceed smoothly. It will not affect current employees." Part-time employees, including students, will become employees of Aramark, as will any new full-time food services employees.
Aramark is a $7 billion world leader in providing managed care in food services, uniform apparel, child care and early education programs. It has more than 150,000 employees in 15 countries.