Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late last night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

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  • Thomas Bensel, CIA Managing Director, Educational Administration
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    Adam Busby, General Manager—CIA at Greystone, CA
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    Robert Jörin, CIA Professor and Team Leader—Baking and Pastry Arts, California campus.
    Associate Dean—Degree Programs

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  • Aaron Brown, CIA Chef-Instructor—Baking and Pastry Arts
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    Stephen L. Durfee, CIA Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts, Calfornia campus.
    Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts
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    Lecturing Instructor—Baking and Pastry Arts

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  • Almir Da Fonseca, CIA Chef-Instructor—Culinary Arts
    Professor—Culinary Arts
    William Heubel, CIA Chef-Instructor—Culinary Arts
    Associate Professor—Culinary Arts
    Paul Irving, CIA Chef-Instructor—Culinary Arts
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    Lars Kronmark, CIA Professor—Culinary Arts, Greystone campus, CA.
    Professor—Culinary Arts
    Sarah Linkenheil, CIA Chef-Instructor—Culinary Arts
    Assistant Professor—Culinary Arts
    Kelly M. Mills, CIA Chef-Instructor—Culinary Arts
    Assistant Professor—Culinary Arts
    Rebecca Peizer ’00, CIA Associate Professor—Culinary Arts, California campus.
    Professor—Culinary Arts
    Michael Wille
    Assistant Professor—Culinary Arts
    Thomas Wong ’86, CIA Professor and Team Leader—Culinary Arts, California campus.
    Professor—Culinary Arts

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  • Robert Bath, CIA Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies, California campus.
    Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies
    Christie Dufault, CIA Instructor—Wine and Beverage Studies
    Professor—Wine and Beverage Studies
    Steve Mercer-th
    Lecturing Instructor—Hospitality and Service Management
    Keith Rada-th
    Lecturing Instructor—Hospitality and Service Management
    Dustin Rogge, CIA Instructor—Hospitality and Service Management
    Associate Professor—Hospitality and Service Management
    Michael Wolf, CIA Assistant Professor—Hospitality and Service Management, California campus.
    Associate Professor—Hospitality and Service Management

  • Liberal Arts


  • Sanna Delmonico, CIA Instructor—Nutrition and Food Safety, California campus.
    Associate Professor—Nutrition and Food Safety
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