George L. Pry Featured

8:00pm EDT September 25, 2008

George L. Pry has been busy during the past 10 years, and his plate is always full with the day-to-day business tasks that most leaders face. But Pry has had other initiatives keeping him busy as he has led The Art Institute of Pittsburgh through a major transition.

Since becoming president in 1999, Pry has overseen many changes. The school began offering bachelor’s degrees in 2000, which began a transition from a career-focused technical institution to academics. Several new programs have been launched under Pry’s leadership, including culinary arts, culinary management, fashion and retail management, game art and design, entertainment design, and visual effects and motion graphics. Close to 60 percent of the school’s students are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program.

Pry has also helped grow the school’s online program, which now includes 10,000 students from across the country and abroad.

Pry also oversaw the move to a new location in downtown Pittsburgh. The building includes new accommodations for the school’s various programs.

Along with a new location, Pry made student housing a priority, finding more housing closer to campus for students to create a greater campus living experience for students as well as work together with Point Park University in making a contribution in revitalizing downtown Pittsburgh. As of earlier this year, nearly 900 students occupy three renovated buildings within two blocks of the college year-round.

In July, the school received Middle States accreditation, an important step that helps with the school’s academic transition and positions it for future growth and expansion in new directions.

While Pry stays busy shaping the future of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he also takes time to help out in the community. He serves as commissioner for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and sits on the board of directors for Baldwin/Whitehall School District and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Pry believes strongly in community relationships and encourages employees and students to get involved in service organizations in Pittsburgh and beyond. He also welcomes opportunities for the school to extend its resources to others in exchange for student experience.

HOW TO REACH: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, (800) 275-2470 or www.artinstitutes.edu/pittsburgh