District Manager, Aramark Higher Education  

“The experience at El Centro helped establish my career as an executive chef. Now I work in food service administration, where I have the ability to impact the culinary experience of thousands. It has come full circle for me as I now sit on the advisory board for the Food and Hospitality Institute, as well as Texas Woman's University’s School of Nutrition. Food and education are my life!”

Jerry Dean is a 20-year veteran of Aramark, providing leadership as a food service director for nine of those years with the Higher Education team and the last 11 years as a district manager for Texas and New Mexico. As district manager, Jerry is responsible for the supervision of the on-site team, providing a wide range of support and expertise in operational excellence, marketing, financial performance and customer service.  

Jerry has an extensive culinary arts and food service administration background, having worked as an executive chef for 13 years before joining Aramark. Jerry serves on the advisory board for Texas Woman's University’s School of Nutrition and El Centro College’s School of Culinary Arts. Jerry served as the Regional Safety Leader for 2011-2012 and continues to support the region as co-facilitator of the regional safety committee. Jerry attended El Centro College’s School of Culinary Arts and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Governor's University School of Business.   

Aramark Corporation is a global provider of food, facilities and uniform services to clients in education, health care, business, corrections and business in 21 countries.