September 16, 2002
Posted: September 16, 2002
J. Napolitano, director of dining services for Middlebury College, was
voted the 2002-2003 president-elect of the National Association of College
& University Food Services (NACUFS) at its national conference in
Orlando, Fla., on July 16-20.
NACUFS is a trade association
for campus dining departments at institutions of higher education in the
United States, Canada and abroad. A three-year term comprised of president-elect,
president and past-president roles, Napolitano's leadership will include
serving as an active member of the board and on the executive and finance
committees. He also will direct workshops on leadership, professional
development, dining trends and other industry topics.
"I've been in the hospitality
business all of my life," said Napolitano. "My parents, who
owned their own bakery and convenience store, served and helped others.
They taught me the value of service to others, and that humility is a
valued quality of one's own character."
Napolitano, who has 28 years
of foodservice experience, began his career in college as a student employee
for James Madison University's dining services, ultimately joining the
department on a full-time basis as a manger. He subsequently became assistant
director of dining services at the University of Pennsylvania, and director
of dining services for the University of Rochester, Dartmouth College
and Middlebury College, respectively. He has been Middlebury's director
"I chose college and
university dining services as a career because of the impact I can have
on students' lives as they come through our doors each year. It's something
I've always wanted to do professionally. There is no greater feeling than
that of helping others," Napolitano said.
Under his leadership, Napolitano's
campuses have won several NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, and, in
1999, Middlebury College received an Ivy Award of Distinction from Restaurants
& Institutions magazine.
An active NACUFS participant
since 1994, Napolitano has served as a member of the association's board
of directors, co-chair of the 1997 national conference in Buffalo, N.Y.,
a chair of NACUFS environmental awareness committee, and a member of several
professional practices review teams. He is a former Region I president
and vice president, has twice co-chaired a Region I conference, and has
spoken at several regional and national conferences.
"NACUFS has helped me
in my career by offering opportunities for networking, education, training
and mentoring," said Napolitano. "As its president-elect, I
will have the opportunity to help others in the profession, and give back
some of what I received. Now the work starts!" he said.
Napolitano, who lives in
Middlebury with his wife Ruth and their four children, also serves his
local community as a volunteer for both the summer and winter Vermont