Mark Erickson '77, CMC, MBA

Mark Erickson

Mark Erickson ’77, CMC, MBA is provost of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). In this role, he oversees all aspects of the college’s academic programs, as well as its branch campuses, food and beverage operations, and consulting. Mark is a frequent presenter at industry events and conferences, where he shares his unique perspective on 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 roles at the Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland; the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV; the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, FL; and 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 BS degree in restaurant and hotel management from the University of New Haven and an MBA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. (Hyde Park, NY)