The California Culinary Academy, Inc. today named Paul R. Ryan, a hotel food and beverage veteran, as its new president.

“We are fortunate to have found someone with the industry experience and leadership of Paul Ryan,” said Nick Fluge, Senior Vice President of Operations for Career Education Corporation (Nasdaq: CECO – news).

“CCA already is recognized for its outstanding culinary instruction, and Paul will guide the Academy to new levels of excellence and growth.”

Ryan has held a number of top positions in the food and beverage departments of the Marriott, Doubletree, Red Lion and Promus Hotel chains. Most recently, he was vice president of food and beverage operations for the 1,400 Promus Hotels. Last year he won the prestigious 1999 Tibbits Hospitality Award For Excellence as an Operator, presented by Bill Fischer, CEO of the International Hotel and Motel Association.

Ryan is a member of the Millennium Advisory Board, a board made up of food and beverage industry leaders. Previously, he served on advisory committees for various universities, including Michigan State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Houston.

With its acquisition of CCA, Career Education Corporation is one of the world’s largest providers of culinary arts instruction. CEC operates eight culinary campuses, including Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona; California School of Culinary Arts in South Pasadena, California; Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Program at Brown Institute in Mendota Heights, Minnesota; McIntosh College in Dover, New Hampshire; International Culinary Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon and another recently acquired campus in Chicago, The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC).

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Career Education Corporation is one of the largest providers of private, for-profit, postsecondary education in North America. CEC currently operates 28 campuses in 15 states and two Canadian provinces. CEC schools enjoy long operating histories and offer a wide variety of bachelor’s degree, associate degree and diploma programs in career-oriented disciplines within CEC’s core curricula of visual communication and design technologies, information technology, business studies and culinary arts.

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