CEO of company closing Art Institute of York to resign

Edward H. West, president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp., operator of the for-profit Art Institutes education system, will resign effective Aug. 28, the company said in a Friday news release.

EDMC announced in May that it was planning to close the Art Institute of York along with 14 other Art Institute locations around the country. No specific closing date was given for the York campus, which has 300 students, but new enrollments are no longer being accepted, EDMC spokesman Chris Hardman said in a phone interview at the time. He attributed the move to “the realities of the education environment.”

Of 90 staffers at the York campus, 10 were released in May. Most were employed in the school’s admissions office, Hardman said.

A phone call to determine the current status of the Art Institute of York was not immediately returned.

Other Art Institute locations slated for closure include Atlanta (Decatur), Fort Worth, Houston (North), Jacksonville, Kansas City, Michigan (Troy), New England, New York City, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Silicon Valley, Tinley Park, Washington (Dulles), and Wisconsin. Thirty-six Art Institute locations will remain open, the company said.

EDMC’s for-profit education systems also include Argosy University, Brown Mackie Colleges and South University, with a total of 110 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada.

Congress began investigating the recruitment and student loan practices of for-profit schools, including EDMC, in 2010.

West joined EDMC in 2006 and became CEO in 2012. He resigned to “pursue other interests,” the company said.

Larry Portzline
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