Written by Julia Rodriquez, Asst. Opinions Editor
Chartwells, the contracted food provider at VSU, lost the bid to resign a contract. Next year’s possible food provider is Aramark. Aramark is a business dating back to the 1930s when peanuts were sold out of the back of a young man’s old Dodge in Los Angeles. His name was Davre Davidson, the man who helped build the foundation for what is today Aramark. The business claims to be dedicated to providing excellent service and enriching the lives of their customers.
There is “No signed contract yet but we are very close to getting all the final approvals,” Phillip D. Allen, Executive Assistant to the President and Vice-President for External Affairs, said. “The changeover will happen on May 8.”
Those previously employed by Chartwells have been encouraged to look for employment from Aramark.
“Aramark met Wednesday, April 20, with Chartwells’ line employees to discuss the process by which any of them may apply to and then be considered for positions Aramark will need to fill,” says Allen.
According to VSU’s “Guide for Doing Business with the Purchasing Services Office
of Valdosta State University” the VSU Purchasing Services Office objectives are to ensure the company they do business with will positively represent the university, provide the greatest value with consideration to all requirements and will treat all campus customers and suppliers equally, among other qualities.
VSU is required to follow procedures and regulations by offices of the state and federal governments including: The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Department of Administrative Services State Purchasing Office Regulations.
The guide further elaborates on the circumstances allowing for the contract to be terminated, such as the business providing unsatisfactory performance or failure to perform as a whole with reference to the terms of one or more contracts.