Director of food services receives national honor

by Dennis Brown

David R. Prentkowski, director of food services at the University of Notre Dame, has received the Richard Lichtenfelt Award for outstanding service to the National Association of College&University Food Services (NACUFS).p. The award was presented at the NACUFS national conference July 10-14 in Cincinnati in recognition of Prentkowski’s volunteer efforts on behalf of the association and its programs. It is named in honor of the organization’s first president.p. Prentkowski was the NACUFS president in 1996-97 and has actively participated on its strategic planning and marketing committees, chaired the national conference trade show committee, represented NACUFS at allied associations, and participated on several peer review and consulting teams.p. A native of South Bend, Prentkowski was appointed Notre Dame’s director of food services in 1990 after previously directing food service operations for the University of Utah and the University of Michigan’s housing division. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in restaurant, hotel and institutional management from Purdue University.

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