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

Newman’s Own CEO Speaks to CIA Graduates

Hyde Park, NY – Michael McGrath, chief executive officer for Newman’s Own, Inc., delivered the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on February 10. Mr. McGrath oversees the company’s food and beverage product line of more than 300 items and leads its new product development and market expansion efforts.

Mr. McGrath joined Newman’s Own in 2013 after more than three decades as an executive in the foodservice business, including serving as CEO of both Weight Watchers Gourmet Food Company and Country Gourmet Foods. He was a personal friend of the company’s founder, the late actor Paul Newman.

A long-time supporter of charitable causes, Mr. McGrath serves on the Advisory Board of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Newman. In addition, the company is committed to donating all its profits to charity through the Newman’s Own Foundation. Over the years, the foundation has given more than $500 million to thousands of organizations in 46 countries.

Mr. McGrath spoke to recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.

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Michael McGrath (right), CEO of Newman’s Own, with CIA President Tim Ryan during commencement exercises at The Culinary Institute of America on February 10, 2017. Mr. McGrath delivered the keynote address to associate degree recipients at the college’s New York campus. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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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 bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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