URI Names Mello New Director of Dining
July 29—The University of Rhode Island in Kingston has named Steven Mello as
its new director of dining and retail food operations.
Mello has been interim director since November. Mello succeeds Kathleen
Gianquitti, who served as the director of Dining Services for 23 years before retiring
in September. Mello has been with URI Dining Services since 1990, serving in a
variety of management capacities, most recently as associate administrator for
Dining Services. Overall, he brings more than 28 years of foodservice
experience to his new position. Mello says one of his main priorities in his
new position to develop practices that result in a smaller environmental
"Steve has the ability and motivation to provide outstanding leadership to
an existing strong management team in Dining Services, and I am confident he
will continue to provide high quality and award-winning foodservice to the
students, faculty and staff of the university," Thomas Dougan, vice
president for student affairs, said in a press release.