Russ Saunkeah, currently the general manager of campus food services for Sodexo, Inc., will become executive chef and associate director of culinary services for UCCS.
Saunkeah’s appointment is effective Nov. 1 and was announced by Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance. Sodexo is expected to name a replacement in the next few days.
“I am pleased that Russ will be joining us,” Szpyrka said. “He will provide us a wealth of knowledge that will be of great assistance as we transition to a university operated food service.”
Saunkeah was named catering director at UCCS in 2001 and general manager in 2006. Previously, he served as executive chef for the Briarhurst Manor and in chef positions for resorts in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Broadmoor Hotel.
He attended the University of Oklahoma and completed courses with Sodexo and the University of Virgin Islands.
UCCS is currently advertising for a director of food services who will lead the university’s efforts to a self-operated food service. The change to self-operated services will occur May 23, 2014.