Kendall College Names Ryan Bartelmay Dean of General Education

General education, which builds a foundation of leadership skills, is central to business, culinary arts, hospitality management and education degree programs

Chicago—May 31, 2012—Kendall College has named Ryan Bartelmay dean of general education. Ryan, formerly director of general education, will continue to lead development of a progressive and integrated general education curriculum within Kendall’s business, culinary arts, education and hospitality management degree programs.

Ryan joined Kendall College in 2006 as an adjunct instructor for English composition. In 2011, Ryan led the launch of a revamped general education curriculum that provides students with the research, communication, technological, problem solving and quantitative skills needed for career growth in any industry.

“At Kendall College, we are committed to preparing our students to be leaders in their fields and we recognize that to be a talented and valuable employee with longevity, they need to have a solid general education foundation,” said Emily Williams Knight, president of Kendall College. “I know that with Ryan at the helm, our general education curriculum will continue to help prepare our students for success, in addition to courses in their specialized area of study.”

Ryan began his education career 10 years ago as a high school substitute teacher in Austin, Texas and Boston, Mass. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction Writing from Columbia University in 2005. Ryan was a co-founder of Columbia Artists and Teachers (CA/T), which helps graduate students gain teaching experience. He also taught writing for Gotham Writers’ Workshops while at Columbia.

“It’s an honor to be promoted to dean of general education, and to continue helping Kendall College provide quality educational experiences for our students,” said Bartelmay. “The most rewarding part of teaching is the students, and it’s always a pleasure to have one of them reach out to you and claim that you impacted their career in some way. A teacher’s fingerprints are all over our souls, and at Kendall, it’s significant to know that we have helped prepare our students to succeed in their careers.”

Ryan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa. His short story, “All This Flatness,” won the Emerging Writer’s Award at Boulevard. Another story, “What Happens When You Can’t Reach It?” was nominated for a Pushcart. His first novel, Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward (Ig Publishing), will be released in spring 2013.

About Kendall College:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in businessculinary artsearly childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International - 2011 Survey). Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), For more information, visit

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