Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 27–August 20, 2018. Classes will resume on August 21.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, California, The Bakery Café by illy will be open, but Gatehouse Restaurant will be closed.
  • At the CIA at Copia in Napa, California, The Restaurant at CIA Copia and Contimo Provisions will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, the CIA Live Fire Kitchen will be open Thursday–Sunday, and Nao will be closed.

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Dr. Michael Sperling, The Culinary Institute of America vice president of academic degree programs.

Cabinet Bio: Dr. Michael B. Sperling

Vice President—Academic Affairs
Education and Credentials: PhD, MS, BA

Dr. Michael Sperling is vice president of academic affairs at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership in academic administration and faculty management, principally concerning strategy, implementation, and assessment of a coherent and dynamic curriculum.

Dr. Sperling joined the CIA administration in 2012 after serving five years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. During his academic career, he was also provost and dean of faculty at Manhattanville College; vice provost for global learning, assistant provost for educational technology, interim dean and psychology department chair at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and an American Council on Education Fellow at Baruch College. His collegiate faculty experience includes serving as a professor in psychology at Mercy, Manhattanville, and Fairleigh Dickinson, and as a visiting fellow of psychology in psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College.

The co-author of two books, Psychodynamic Practice in a Managed Care Environment (Guilford Press, 2000) and Attachment in Adults: Clinical and Developmental Perspectives (Guilford Press, 1994), Dr. Sperling has also written chapters for several other psychology books and his work on psychodynamics, attachment and love relations has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Sperling earned both his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Council on Education's Council of Fellows and the American Psychological Association, and is vice chair of the board of One to World, a non-profit organization providing enrichment programming to Fulbright Scholars and international students in the New York metropolitan region.

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The Culinary Institute of America
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Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Phone: 845-452-9600