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The Chef’s Academy Appoints Leslie Hale as Director of Student Services

Culinary Institution Expands Administration Department with the Promotion of Hale

Raleigh, NC, April 17, 2013 --( The Chef’s Academy (, the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers 40 degree programs in five schools of study, has announced that Leslie Hale has been named director of student services for the school’s Morrisville, N.C., campus. In her new position, Hale will be directing ongoing student and community engagement as her key strategic focus and will oversee the planning and coordination of all campus-wide events.

Previously, Hale worked at The Chef’s Academy’s campus in Indianapolis as student services coordinator, and relocated to work in the same position at the Morrisville campus when it opened its doors in 2011. That same year, Hale attended the Leadership Development Class Series, a regional and leadership development class that seeks to promote regionalism across the separate communities of the Triangle, where she earned the degree of “Goodmon Fellow.” Hale received the Leadership Achievement Award from Harrison College's Career Development Institute and was named The Chef’s Academy Employee of the Year in 2010. Prior to joining The Chef’s Academy, Hale served as the finance director for the Marion County Democratic Party in Indianapolis and site coordinator with School on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that provides educational programming to homeless children. She is now a member of the Leadership Triangle Alumni Network and is an ambassador for the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.

“It is a true honor to be named director of student services for The Chef’s Academy’s campus in Morrisville,” said Hale. “This is a wonderful area for the school to grow and I look forward to the great opportunity to get to help North Carolina’s future chefs and hospitality leaders achieve their culinary goals as they obtain a first-class education.”

“We are proud to announce the promotion of Leslie Hale to this position,” said Jeffrey Bane, campus president and national dean for The Chef’s Academy. “Her previous experience at both campuses, coupled with her outstanding reputation and relationship with our students, assure us that she will serve The Chef’s Academy extremely well in her new role.”

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- Hale graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 2004.

About The Chef’s Academy:
The Chef’s Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers 40 degree programs in five schools of study. Approximately 4,500 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

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