Tracy Lorenz appointed president and CEO of world-class Escoffier culinary schools

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL (Oct. 4, 2017) —– The Triumph Higher Education Group Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment...

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October 5, 2017 4 min read

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL (Oct. 4, 2017) —– The Triumph Higher Education Group Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy Lorenz as president and chief executive officer of Triumph Higher Education Group / Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, effective October 2, 2017.

Tracy Lorenz, president and chief executive officer of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Lorenz is an energetic and solutions-driven executive with over 18 years of leadership experience in higher education. This includes both online and campus-based operations with oversight from a variety of state and federal regulatory bodies. More specifically, for the past six years Tracy has served as the president of Western International University, a regionally-accredited institution located in Phoenix. She served as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Western International University prior to her promotion to president. She has also held a variety of key executive roles at Career Education Corporation where she led operations, strategy and development as well as investor relations and corporate communications. Prior to her tenure in higher education, Lorenz held positions at McDonald’s International and KPMG Peat Marwick in finance and accounting. Lorenz is a CPA and holds her bachelor of science degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Lorenz is also a seven-time Ironman Triathlon finisher and successfully completed the Boston Marathon.

“Tracy has the passion, experience and student focus to help us bring our world-class culinary education programs to students across the U.S. and abroad,” said Jack Larson, executive chairman of the board for Triumph Higher Education Group. “Her vast experience in strategic development and operations makes her a perfect leader to enhance our online programs as well as our campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.”

With a strong background in online education, Lorenz will focus on enhancing the influence of the Escoffier brand on a domestic and international level. Namely, she will concentrate her efforts on expanding the school’s affordable and accessible online culinary program which includes an industry externship and career services support. The program has already shown great promise in terms of growth, student success and employer placement. Expansion of other online programs is also underway.

“Escoffier represents one of the most prestigious names in culinary and one of the best alternatives for students striving for a career in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. I am honored to represent a brand with such a rich history and global opportunity. For me, this is also a unique opportunity to combine the excellence of Escoffier’s culinary training and education with today’s most advanced technology to enhance student learning and outcomes both online and on-campus.”

About August Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is a leading provider of online and campus-based culinary training and education. Escoffier schools are founded on the principles and systems of Auguste Escoffier, the international culinary icon and father of modern cuisine. The Escoffier family is actively involved to this day. The school’s programs offer a classic and contemporary approach to modern industry skills training as well as a sustainability-centered and business focused curriculum. In addition to its online culinary program, Escoffier campuses are located in Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado.

About Triumph Higher Education Group

Triumph Higher Education Group, a subsidiary of Triumph Capital, LLC is dedicated to developing global post-secondary education that is innovative, high quality and affordable. The company is managed by a team of professionals who have decades of experience in launching and cultivating highly successful career-focused schools, both on-ground and online. It is focused exclusively on providing rigorous curricula designed to develop the skills necessary to meet significant employer demand.

Contact:  Tom Ehrhardt
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts / Triumph Higher Education Group
[email protected]

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