Clarion, Pa.- Chartwells Director of Dining Services at Clarion University, Jeff Gauger, has been promoted to the district manager positon. Throughout the next couple of weeks, he will transition into his new set of shoes and embark on the journey that lies ahead of him.“I am truly excited about this great opportunity,” said Gauger, who will remain in Clarion for his new positon after being originally hired as a manager of the residential dining program in 1999.
Along with overseeing food service departments at Clarion, he will also tend to schools located in Western Pennsylvania and out of state, including Bethany College, West Virginia, Ohio Westland University, Ohio, Wright State University, Ohio, Xavier University, Ohio and Northern Kentucky University, Kentucky.
Gauger added, “I am glad that I can be moving forward in my career and not have to relocate.” Gauger has achieved much during his time as director of dining services. He helped with the transition of the previous Chandler Dining Hall to Eagle Commons. He also witnessed the grand openings of Carlson Library, Gemmell food court, Starbucks and foresaw the premiere of Chartwells’ concession and catering services.
One featured Chartwells program that he would like to focus more on at Clarion is the Balance U program. Balance U is a tool that students can use to find nutrition and health information, such as Healing and Immunity, Power Energy, Metabolism Boosting, dietitian advice and more. “The Balance U program provides health, wellness and sustainability for students,” added Gauger.
Despite the fact that many food service industries rely on his time and guidance, Gauger said that he is feeling no pressure. He said, “I love the new position and look forward to taking ideas here from Clarion to other accounts at other schools and vice versa. “I am very happy to start and oversee Clarion’s dining services,” Gauger concluded, “but most importantly, I am thrilled to be able to stay and continue to be a part of this community.”
Gauger is originally from Brookville and pursued an associate’s degree in accounting and business administration from Dubois Business College. Within the community, Gauger is active within the Keystone Elk County Alliance and Pennsylvania’s elk herd. His dedication and association with these groups led to the creation of a program for Clarion University education majors at the Elk County Visitor in Benezette.