INDIANAPOLIS, February 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Chef's Academy (http://www.thechefsacademy.com), the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers more than 40 degree programs in five schools of study, has announced Ryon Kaopuiki as the new president of the Indianapolis campus. In this position, Kaopuiki will lead all day-to-day operations for Indianapolis and serve as a community liaison with corporate and nonprofit partners. Formerly vice president of enrollment for Harrison College, Kaopuiki will also guide planning, staffing and support for the development of admissions, classroom instruction and campus administration. His experience in higher education will be integral to compliance with all state and federal regulations, and will further cement The Chef's Academy's reputation as a high-quality educational institution with students and the general public.
A native of Portland, Ore., Kaopuiki received a bachelor's degree in social science from Western Oregon University in Monmouth and has spent more than 17 years working in post-secondary admissions and enrollment management. He joined Harrison College in 2007 as corporate director of enrollment management before being promoted to vice president of enrollment in 2010. Active in his community, Kaopuiki is a member of Northview Church in Carmel, Ind., and volunteers with Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana, a nonprofit humanitarian food-aid organization dedicated to ending hunger in the United States and abroad, as well as teaching children the life-changing power of volunteerism.
"We are excited to welcome Ryon to The Chef's Academy after his years of dedicated service to Harrison College," said Tony Hanslits, national dean of The Chef's Academy. "His strong higher education background and proven leadership will speak to prospective students in a way that showcases the excellence inherent in an education from The Chef's Academy, and how we equip students with the opportunity to surpass their culinary and pastry goals. Additionally, Ryon will play an integral role in the community outreach that has made us a respected institution in Indianapolis and beyond."
"Being campus president will allow me to advocate for the mission and vision of The Chef's Academy not only in the greater Indianapolis area, but to students and partners throughout the country," said Kaopuiki. "Strengthening relationships with our community partners and building relationships with Indianapolis businesses and nonprofits will benefit our students as they prepare to enter the workforce by giving them real-world experience. The Chef's Academy and its programs are highly regarded throughout the culinary community, and I look forward to continuing to expand its reputation both regionally and nationally."
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- Kaopuiki resides in Carmel with his wife and four children.
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The Chef's Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers more than 40 degree programs in five schools of study. More than 5,000 students altogether are enrolled at Harrison College's 12 campuses, its online division and The Chef's Academy. Headquartered in Indianapolis, The Chef's Academy opened a second academy on a 4.37-acre campus in North Carolina's Triangle in August 2011. At The Chef's Academy, students become prepared and marketable graduates entering the fields of culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant management through classroom and experiential instruction that sets up expectations for the real-life industry. The college's culinary division provides an environment that fosters students' passion for culinary arts and hospitality and a curriculum developed by the most qualified instructors and leaders in the market. The Chef's Academy is endorsed and accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). For more information about The Chef's Academy, visit http://www.thechefsacademy.com.
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