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.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

Rick Tietjen: associate vice president, chief of staff, CIO at The Culinary Institute of America.

Cabinet Bio: Rick Tietjen

Associate Vice President, Chief of Staff, and CIO
Education and Credentials: MBA, BS

Rick Tietjen is the associate vice president, chief of staff, and CIO at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Mr. Tietjen is responsible for the President’s Office administration, compliance, policy, business intelligence, and the planning and execution of major college initiatives. He also oversees the college’s Information Technology Systems department, which includes enterprise systems, infrastructure services, user support, network services, telecommunications, and audio/video.

Prior to his current appointment in 2015, Mr. Tietjen was the college’s associate vice president of planning & operations support for five years. After joining the CIA in 1990, he advanced through successive responsibilities in the Information Technology department, achieving the senior position of director of systems and networking, followed by an appointment to the college’s administration as senior director of planning and operational improvement.

He also taught Computers and Food Business as an adjunct instructor from 2005 to 2007, and was awarded CIA Staff Member of the Year in 2002.

As background for his work at the college, Mr. Tietjen gained foodservice industry experience in dining operations at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY from 1987 to 1992.

Mr. Tietjen earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN in 2003 and his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1991. He also holds Oracle DBA and Novell CNE technical certifications along with completing other technical and non-technical certificates.

Rick Tietjen is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and serves on the board of Abilities First Incorporated in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Phone: 845-452-9600