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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Welcomes New President

By: The Art Institutes

June 29, 2015

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale welcomes new campus president Carolyn Pierce. As president, Pierce will oversee all aspects of school administration including academic quality, operational effectiveness, as well as student and graduate success.

Pierce brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to her role at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She most recently served as Campus President of Heald College in Fresno, CA, where she was responsible for the largest student population in a 12 campus division. Under her guidance, the campus was voted Top Career College in Fresno for eight consecutive years and the student population grew by 400%.

Carolyn is passionate about higher education, which began with her first job as an Admissions Representative at Catherine College. From there, she advanced to Director of Admissions followed by College Director at Phillips Junior College, before beginning a 20 year career with Heald College. She was a member of the Fresno Rotary Club, a Board Member of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and a member of Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Pierce earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from University of Redlands.

For more information about Pierce and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, please contact Mandy Wilson at or 412.918.5544.

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By: The Art Institutes

June 29, 2015