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CWU Dining Services
400 E. University Way, MS 7588
509-963-1591
dining@cwu.edu

Join the CWU Dining Services Team

Dining Services at Central Washington University serves students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community to offer exceptional service and wholesome food. Dining Services is a part of the Auxiliary Enterprises team, which strives for excellence in offering nationally recognized, inclusive, and sustainable services to the campus community.

Mission, Vision, and Values

CWU Dining Services has developed a mission, vision, and values to guide current decision-making and future initiatives

  • Mission

    CWU Dining Services nourishes the body and mind of our campus community.

  • Vision

    CWU Dining Services will be a key campus partner in promoting the growth of our diverse community through culinary and educational experiences.

  • Values

    Culinary Excellence – Offering continuous menu and service innovations which incorporate consistent quality and presentation.

    Diversity – Engaging with our students to promote the diversity of our campus community through the food and cultures represented.

    Innovative Technologies – Identifying and incorporating advanced systems to elevate guest experiences and provide operational efficiencies.

    Sustainable Practices – Ensuring a healthy future for our students and planet.

    Fiscal Responsibility – Making data-driven decisions to support responsible business management.

    Staff Development – Providing continued training and growth opportunities for all employees.

    Culture – Creating a sense of belonging, engagement, and campus partnerships.

Meet the Team

Dean Masuccio headshotDean Masuccio, Director

"Thank you for your interest in continuing your career with us. As an active member of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS), I value national engagement and I strive to make CWU a national leader in food service. We are here to serve the students and to create an inclusive and forward-thinking environment for the campus community."


Denise Payton headshotDenise Payton, Assistant Director

"I value the uniqueness that each member brings to the team, and we believe that professional development in leadership and culinary skills are essential to creating an educational environment.  Providing advanced training, career mentoring, and opportunities to attain goals through unit collaboration are important aspects of my role here at CWU. If you are looking for a career with an organization that values professional growth and career advancement, then I encourage you to consider applying to come join our team."


Joe Ritchie headshotJoe Ritchie, Campus Executive Chef

"CWU Dining Services relies on its passionate, hard-working hospitality professionals to provide exceptional service to our students and guests. We look for talented individuals who share our love of delicious food and great customer service, and who know the value of a genuine smile or that perfect bite. We are recognized for our culinary excellence, sustainability, creative drive, commitment to safety, and nutritional innovation. We welcome applicants who share these values."


Joseph Pearson headshotJoseph Pearson, Auxiliary Enterprises Executive Director

"As the largest unit in Auxiliary Enterprises, Dining Services strives to be an exemplar of excellence on campus. Our vision for the future is to become more sustainable and to offer exceptional service to our campus and local community. Please take the time to explore our information below."

  • Current Projects and Initiatives

    Some current projects include:

    • Expanding the new mobile ordering program through GET Mobile
    • Relaunching the refreshed Catering program
    • Continuing to develop the relationship with the Wildcat Neighborhood Farm
    • Increasing local sourcing and sustainability initiatives
    • Supporting students with additional nutritional and wellness resources
    • Developing unique outlets for fresh and local produce, such as Fresh Bar
  • Dining Services Statistics

    Statistics reflect pre-COVID numbers

    • On-Campus Dining Locations: 9
    • Coffee Shops: 8
    • Markets: 3
    • Mobile Ordering Concepts: 6
    • Total Annual Dining Revenue: $16,727,410
    • Number of Annual Transactions: 1,648,520
    • Average Number of Daily Transactions: 10,000
    • Number of Meal Plans Sold Annually: 2,700

CWU areal view

Central Washington University

Located in the beautiful Kittitas Valley in Central Washington State, Central Washington University (CWU) enrolls approximately 12,000 students. Established in 1891, CWU offers more than 135 bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and holds regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
 
CWU’s exceptionally beautiful and well-maintained residential campus occupies 367 acres in Ellensburg, the largest city and county seat of historic Kittitas County. The city is situated in the geographic center of the state and on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Central Washington is a world-class destination for hiking, mountain biking, camping, whitewater rafting, and skiing. Ellensburg is located approximately 100 miles east of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area.