June 19, 2019

A leading food and facilities management company will elevate the student dining experience at Centenary.

Centenary University has contracted with Sodexo to provide campus-wide dining services in its dining hall and retail locations, as well as catering for special events on campus. Based in Maryland, Sodexo North America is a food and facilities management company committed to improving quality of life at more than 13,000 client sites including businesses, healthcare institutions, government agencies, and educational institutions in North American and Canada.

“High quality dining is integral to the college experience, and is important in attracting, engaging, and retaining students,” said Kerry Mullins, vice president of student life and dean of students.  “Here at Centenary, Sodexo will elevate the student dining experience, with delicious food, healthy choices, more allergen-friendly options, and engaging special events.”

Sodexo is committed to educating students with offers that support academic performance through proper nutrition. Sodexo’s campus dining experience integrates technology to maximize student convenience, while incorporating sustainable practices that emphasize local sourcing and minimize food waste.

“We’re excited to create a customized, food forward campus dining experience for Cyclones infused with new menus, fun, variety and convenience,” said Ray Encarnacion, senior district manager, universities, Sodexo North America. “We’re looking forward to working with Centenary to bring our shared vision to life, offering more dining options for the community and positively impacting student success for years to come.”

At Centenary, Sodexo will implement several new dining features, including its award-winning Simple Servings station to provide safe allergen-free choices; the Cyclone Mart, with self-checkout and a salad vending machine; and food forward menus that focus on local and fresh ingredients showcasing the talents of Sodexo chefs. In addition, Sodexo has pledged to hire student workers and provide internships for Centenary students to promote post-graduation success.

The award-winning food and facilities management company demonstrated its support of the University as a sponsor of the 22nd annual Scholarship Gala on May 30. Thanks to benefactors, including Sodexo, the event raised a record amount in gifts and pledges for Centenary University scholarships.


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.comSodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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