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 Sunday 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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Joseph Phelps Vineyards President Delivers CIA Commencement Address

St. Helena, CA – Clarice Turner, a globally recognized senior management executive and president of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, spoke to graduates at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in St. Helena, CA on December 19.

A trustee of the CIA, Ms. Turner also serves on the advisory boards for Women of the Vine & Spirits and Delicato Family Vineyards. She is board member emerita of the National Restaurant Association and past president of the board of the Washington State University School of Business and its School of Hospitality’s Wine Business Management program.

Ms. Turner advised recipients of associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts to follow their passion and love what they do for a living.

Throughout much of her career, the ninth-generation Northern Californian has been a senior management executive for leading companies in the food and beverage industry, including Starbucks, Yum! Brands, and PepsiCo. Before joining Phelps, Ms. Turner was CEO of Carneros Associates, a strategic advisory firm she founded to guide businesses in transition.

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Clarice Turner, president of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, with new CIA graduates Kelly Scott (left) and Aubrey Monserrate (right). Ms. Turner was commencement speaker at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, CA on December 19, 2019. (Photo credit: Victor M. Samuel/CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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