Caudill Wins Pioneer College Caterers’ President’s Award

May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015 – On May 19 Bryan College’s own Food Services Director AJ Caudill won the prestigious President’s Award from Pioneer College Caterers for his excellent work serving students, faculty, and staff.

AJ Caudill, left, with Pioneer Disctrict Manager Sami Elmaasarani
AJ Caudill, left, with Pioneer Disctrict Manager Sami Elmaasarani

According to Pioneer College Caterers, the President’s Award is the highest honor a foodservice director can receive. It is presented to the foodservice director who has shown excellence in  the following fields: client relations and satisfaction; menu/program development, innovation, and presentation; adherence to company mission/values statement; compliance with company policies and programs; marketing program development and execution; employee training and development; sanitation and safety; financial performance.

“Ever since his arrival at Bryan College, AJ has endeavored to serve our college community with a Christ-like attitude and a commitment to excellence,” stated Vice President of Student Services and Ministries Tim Hostetler. “Not only has his service and cuisine been exemplary, but he has also connected on a personal level with many of our students and staff.”

Vice President of Finance and Enrollment Rick Taphorn agreed: “Bryan College’s cafeteria hosts many community events, both small and very large. The quality of food at these events has always rivaled and often surpassed any that I have experienced at some of the finest restaurants and convention centers. Every detail of the meal is thought out and planned to perfection.”

“In a close knit community,” remarked President Stephen D. Livesay, “no place is more important as a daily (and multiple times during the day) gathering place than our dining hall.” He continued, “For the first time in my nearly 40 years working in educational institutions, the food item is praised as a positive when students are asked by our Board members! That takes much work, creativity, care, and a listening ear to be able to consistently satisfy both needs and desires of the entire Bryan community.”

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;