Mark Erickson '77, CMC

Mark Erickson

Mark Erickson ’77, CMC, is provost of The Culinary Institute of America. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the college's culinary programs including education, faculty, curriculum, governance, academic support functions, academic research, accreditation, assessment, branch campuses, food and beverage operations, and continuing education. Mark is a frequent presenter at industry events and conferences, where he shares his unique perspective of the global food industry, drawing from both academic and practical experiences. An honors graduate of the CIA class of 1977, he was director of culinary education at the Hyde Park campus from 1988 to 1990. Prior to that, he held both faculty and department head positions at the CIA. His career also includes serving as garde manger chef at the Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland; executive sous chef of the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV; sous chef of the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, FL; and executive chef of Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta, GA. Mark was a member of the gold medal-winning United States Culinary Olympic Teams in 1980, 1984, and 1988, and part of the U.S. team that won the 1985 Culinary World Cup. He earned Crystal Chef honors by having the highest score in the ten-day Certified Master Chef examination administered by the American Culinary Federation in 1985. He holds a B.S. degree in Restaurant & Hotel Management from the University of New Haven and a MBA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. (Hyde Park, NY)