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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

The Culinary Institute of America Appoints VP of Finance

Maria Krupin Joins CIA with 25+ Years of Experience in Higher Ed Finance

Media Contact:

Jeff Levine
Communications Manager
845-451-1372
j_levine@culinary.edu

Hyde Park – The Culinary Institute of America has appointed Maria Krupin as the college’s vice president of finance. Ms. Krupin joined the world’s premier culinary college on February 3 after 23 years with Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ, the last 17 months as vice president for administration and finance. She replaces Charlie O’Mara, who is retiring as senior vice president of finance and administration after 32 years at the CIA.

In addition to serving as vice president at Ramapo College, Ms. Krupin was also the associate vice president of budget and fiscal planning, acting controller, executive director of budget and fiscal planning, and both director and associate director of budget and fiscal affairs. During her tenure at the college, she also served as an adjunct instructor for four years. Earlier in her career, she was a senior accountant at Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, NJ and an accountant with a CPA firm in New Rochelle, NY.

As the CIA’s vice president of finance, Ms. Krupin is responsible for providing vision and leadership for all financial matters of the not-for-profit college, and acting as its chief financial officer. She will develop and implement strategies for managing finances at all four campuses and will oversee all higher educational compliance-related financial matters.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Maria Krupin to my cabinet as vice president of finance,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “Maria has had an accomplished and progressive career in finance. I know that, as our chief financial officer, she will steward our financial resources well to support the continued growth and fiscal advance of the college.”

Maria Krupin holds a Master of Science in management, with a concentration in finance, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. Among her many financial and higher education affiliations, she serves as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and has given presentations to academic peers on the topic of “allocating resources to achieve mission during uncertain times.”


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Maria Krupin, vice president of finance at The Culinary Institute of America. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 47,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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