The Operator Roundtables and Foodservice Directors Symposium provides an opportunity for senior-level operators to gather with peers within collegiate foodservice and the industry to discuss emerging issues and solutions. Participants will gain insight from industry members to help meet operational performance goals, build and strengthen relationships with industry members and peers, and participate in group facilitated discussions on various topics.

Foodservice Directors Symposium

The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) invites a senior-level collegiate foodservice leader (e.g., Director, AVP, Contract Administrator) from up to 30 member schools to apply for a program grant to attend the Operator Roundtables (January 17-18) and Foodservice Directors Symposium (January 19-20) that follows. One leader from up to 30 member schools will be selected to receive a program grant.

As we continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in response to the continued rise in COVID-19 infections across the country, NACUFS has made the decision to implement additional safeguards for the health and safety of attendees and exhibitors at all upcoming in-person conference experiences. To read our Pandemic Protocol, click here.

January 19-20, 2023

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
Austin, Texas


The Operator Roundtables provides participants opportunities to engage with industry members who are committed to helping the collegiate foodservice segment meet their dining excellence and operational goals.

Following the Operator Roundtables, the 30 collegiate foodservice professionals will attend the Foodservice Directors Symposium. The symposium will include discussion around the future of dining services. Participants will have input into discussion topics beforehand. Possible topics may include:

  • Succession planning and mentoring
  • Supporting student success
  • Communicating dining’s value to campus administrators
  • Leading change
  • Challenges in higher education
  • Staffing concerns
  • Trends in foodservice


Program Costs

Through the generous and continuing support for member learning from NACUFS industry members, each institution selected will receive a program grant valued at $1,350. The program grant covers the symposium registration fee and hotel for three nights.

Individuals are responsible for covering their own travel expenses, including ground transportation to and from the airport, as well as two lunches and one dinner during the program. The roundtable opening reception, all breakfasts, all breaks and a symposium closing dinner are included.

Additional logistical details including hotel information and schedule will be sent to participants once confirmed.


Foodservice Directors Symposium Grant


Foodservice Directors Symposium Grant applications are due by Friday, November 11, 2022. Click here to begin.


Symposium Only Registration


A limited number of individual registrations are available to non-grant recipients, on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee is $575 for NACUFS members. Register online or complete and return the registration form.



If you have questions, or need further information, please contact the NACUFS Learning Team.