The Culinary Institute of America has appointed Bill Reidy vice president of Advancement. In this role, Reidy will spearhead the college’s philanthropic initiatives, helping to ensure that the college continues to provide a world-class education for the future leaders of the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. He will also oversee the college’s alumni office. Reidy brings nearly a quarter of a century of experience leading successful advancement initiatives for institutions, including Sacred Heart University.
Most recently, Reidy helped build the non-profit Come to Believe, to create more equitable access to higher education. The organization focuses on giving private universities a way to welcome low-income, first generation, and Pell grant-eligible students to their campuses. Earlier in his career, he worked with Changing Our World, Inc. supporting clients including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. John’s University. He also served as both director of admissions and major gifts officer at New York’s Xavier High School.
“I am proud to announce the appointment of Bill Reidy to our Advancement team,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “His proven success, deep network, and leadership capabilities will help pave the way for even more students to have access to the world’s premier culinary education.”
Reidy also brings to this position hands-on restaurant experience—and a passion for food. His father and grandfather ran Reidys Restaurant in New York and he spent many hours working in the kitchen, learning the intricacies of communication and working together toward a common goal. That mise en place has served him well throughout his career and will do so at the CIA as well.
“From an early age, I learned that ‘food is life,’” said Reidy. “The CIA has helped tens of thousands of people create and sustain their lives through food. I am honored to be entrusted with continuing to make a CIA education affordable and helping the college better the nation and the world through food.”
About The Culinary Institute of America
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 master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit www.ciachef.edu.