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Sodexo Partners with Nationally Ranked Arizona Christian University to Reinvent Its New 70-Acre Campus

February 11, 2019

New Onsite Concierge Service to Debut; More Than 60 New Culinary and Facilities Management Jobs

Gaithersburg, MD, Feb. 11, 2019  — Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, has entered into a 15-year, multi-million dollar contract to reinvent the new 70-acre home of Arizona Christian University (ACU) in Glendale, Ariz. – ranked #1 University in Arizona by College Consensus and one of the Best Regional Colleges in the West for the second year in a row by U.S. News and World Report -- beginning Feb. 1.

Changes will include best-in-class food options and dining facilities, a campus concierge service, catering and conference services, hotel operations, administrative and financial services and facilities solutions to support its new world-class library, state-of-the-art classrooms, student union, swimming pool and more. The partnership will generate 60 new jobs, including three executive chefs.

“We are excited to partner with University leadership to create a customized solution that will meet the needs of its students, faculty and staff,” said John Vitale, District Manager, Sodexo. “We are transforming service at ACU and reinventing campus life by coupling national, local and proprietary food brands with our operations and workplace design expertise.”

Sodexo will identify local and national partners to fill six food stations at The Commons and Coffee Shop. Among the proposed changes are Sodexo’s Simple Servings offer, which caters to customers with allergies and food sensitivities, and Mindful by Sodexo, a newly launched café offering lighter, healthier fare and plant-based options.

“We’re looking forward to a longstanding partnership with Sodexo,” said Len Munsil, President, Arizona Christian University. “As we journey into our new campus, which features more than 70-acres of facilities, living space and parking, we will lean on Sodexo’s expertise in culinary innovation and facilities management, while providing a seamless service experience.”

ACU will also feature Sodexo’s new campus concierge program. Recently profiled in Forbes and Teen Vogue, the onsite hospitality service provides a one-call solution to meet the needs of students, faculty, parents and staff. The Ritz-Carlton trained staff will be available to field any type of request, which often ranges from restaurant recommendations, travel research and concert tickets to the nearest auto repair shop or beauty salon. The team can also help book study halls, assist with laundry services, or locate event and meeting space for small or large groups.

Sodexo provides food service, accommodations and facilities management services to over 600 universities, colleges and independent schools in the United States. With nearly 50 years of experience, Sodexo focuses on improving the student experience through integrated services that promote and enhance quality of life. For more information and to learn more about Sodexo’s commitment to quality of life on campus, visit Sodexo Universities page.

Arizona Christian University

About Arizona Christian University

ACU is a private, non-profit, Christian university in Glendale, Arizona with a wide variety of majors and areas of study preparing students for successful careers, but also remains committed to its vision of transforming culture with biblical truth. All students are taught through a biblically-integrated, general education curriculum called “The CORE”. Spiritual development is integrated within the University experience where all campus students receive a minor in Biblical Studies, attend chapel twice a week, and complete spiritual formation and service hours each semester.

About Sodexo North America

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 150,000 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 $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American 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., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.comSodexoInsights.com and connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.


Dasha Ross Smith, Public Relations Director, Sodexo North America, 301 987 4893, dasha.ross-smith@sodexo.com 

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