Coker Awards Dining Services Contract to ARAMARK

For more information, contact James Jolly | 843.383.8018

Hartsville, S.C. (June 21, 2010) -- Coker College has awarded a 10-year contract to ARAMARK Higher Education to provide residential and retail dining, catering and special event services on campus.

Coker College and ARAMARK entered into an original agreement beginning July 31,1997.  This new 10-year contract extends this partnership as Coker continues to grow and build upon its educational reputation.

This partnership includes enhancements to Coker College’s Susanne G. Linville Dining Hall, as well as a complete renovation to the Cobra Café, as part of the extensive renovation currently underway in the college’s David R. and May R. Coker Center.

“We are honored to solidify our relationship with ARAMARK and are pleased to continue our association with a leader in the food services industry,” said Dr. Robert Wyatt, President of Coker College.  “ARAMARK’s significant investment in Coker’s future bodes well for our plans to redefine the college experience of our students.”

“We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Coker College to enhance the living and learning experience and environment on campus,” said David Heidenberg, Vice President of Operations, ARAMARK Higher Education.  “We look forward to continuing to serve the entire campus community.”

ARAMARK Higher Education is dedicated to excellence in dining, facility, conference center, and stadium and arena services. ARAMARK enhances the living and learning experience and environment for more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America. For more information, visit

Coker College has awarded a 10-year contract to ARAMARK Higher Education.
Pictured here (left to right): David Heidenberg, Vice President of Operations, ARAMARK Higher Education; Jerry Silver, Coker College Vice President for Business Operations; JP Fesperman, Resident District Manager, ARAMARK Higher Education; Dr. Robert Wyatt, President of Coker College; and Brett Urban, Regional Finance Director, ARAMARK Higher Education.




Founded in 1908, Coker College is an independent, comprehensive college with a liberal arts core required of all students. Coker provides quality educational experiences in and out of the classroom that prepare graduates for professional and personal success. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Coker one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review rates Coker a Best Southeastern College based on academic reputation and student satisfaction.

ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world.  In FORTUNE magazine’s 2008 list of “America’s Most Admired Compan ies,” ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK also ranked first in its industry in the 2007 FORTUNE 500 survey.  ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.  Learn more at the company’s Web site,

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