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Marshall Shafkowitz Named Brightwater Executive Director

In August of 2019, Marshall Shafkowitz was named the new executive director of Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, a department of NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). Shafkowitz was previously the executive dean of Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute at Kennedy King College in Chicago, Illinois.


Brightwater Executive Director Marshall Shafkowitz


NWACC Vice President of Career & Workforce Education Tim Cornelius said of Shafkowitz selection, “Marshall brings a blend of culinary and higher education experience to his new role at NWACC. I am excited about the great opportunities and experiences ahead for our culinary students under his leadership.”

As the executive dean of Washburne Culinary and Hospitality Institute, some of Shafkowitz’s work included developing and implementing academic strategy for three programs, creating a program advisory council to assist in curriculum relevancy, developing a formal externship program, as well as expanding a new purchasing model and reducing academic expenses.

"I'm excited to be joining the NWACC family as the new executive director of Brightwater. It is a rare opportunity to work with such a dedicated and talented team where I'm able to combine my passion and experience,” said Shafkowitz.

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