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CIA President elected to National Restaurant Association board

Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America
CIA/Keith Ferris

Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and recently selected as one of the 50 most powerful people in the restaurant industry, announced today that he was just elected to the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association.

"I am pleased to help the industry that has given such support to the CIA and provided such great career opportunities to our graduates—myself included," says Dr. Ryan. "I started as a minimum wage dishwasher in my teenage years, and have been amazed at the doors that the restaurant industry, a great education, and hard work have opened for me since then. I look forward to this new role and the opportunity to contribute even more to the advancement of the industry that has helped me advance."

"We are honored to have Dr. Ryan join the board of the National Restaurant Association," said 2014 Board Chairman Ken Conrad. "We know Tim is dedicated to the future of our industry. His creativity and understanding of trends in foodservice, as well as his perspective as an educator, will make him a tremendous asset to the National Restaurant Association board as we address 21st century challenges."

Dr. Ryan graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1977. His unique background includes being a Certified Master Chef and a Culinary Olympics champion. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ryan was recruited to serve on the CIA faculty in 1982, becoming their fifth president in 2001.

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