PROVIDENCE – Marie Bernardo-Sousa has been appointed president of the Providence Campus of Johnson & Wales University, effective immediately, the school announced Tuesday.
Bernardo-Sousa succeeds Mim L. Runey, who was appointed JWU chancellor in 2018, effective Oct. 1. Bernardo-Sousa was most recently serving as senior vice president of administration and enrollment management at JWU, a position she started in 2014. She has served in various roles at JWU for 30 years.
“Dr. Bernardo-Sousa’s deep knowledge of the campus’ operations, her strong communication and leadership skills, and her lifelong commitment to all things JWU made her our unanimous choice to be the next president of the Providence Campus,” said Runey in prepared remarks. “As I focus my time on fundraising and strengthening and expanding our academic vision for excellence, I will look to her to be a visible presence on campus and a prominent representative of Johnson & Wales in the community.”
Bernardo-Sousa holds a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in human resources from Emmanuel College, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Johnson & Wales University.
“I am inspired by this opportunity to lead the JWU Providence Campus, a community that takes pride in both its educational mission, and the character of its faculty and staff, and has the courage to embark on bold and ambitious plans,” stated Bernardo-Sousa in a news release. “JWU is a strong institution with a clear vision for the future, particularly through our strategic plan, FOCUS 2022. I am confident that with the support of the faculty, staff and students, we will continue to build upon this foundation of strength and successfully position the campus for great success.”