The New England Institute of Art Names John Lay as President
August 4, 2016
John Lay was recently named president of The New England Institute of Art. Lay has been with the school for 16 years, starting as an adjunct faculty member. He moved into the position of Audio Production program career advisor before becoming the director of career services—a job he held for 10 years.
Lay’s long-time experience with the school forged a strong commitment and connection to The New England Institute of Art’s faculty, staff, and students.
His professional experience includes 23 years in the music and audio industry as a road manager of musical acts including Squeeze, Jools Holland, and Robyn Hitchcock. He founded and operated two companies in the United Kingdom and United States, and traveled extensively interacting with musicians, road crew, promoters, agents, producers, engineers, record labels, union crews, and immigration lawyers.
Born and raised in London, England, Lay is now a resident of Plymouth, Massachusetts. He jokes that he remains in Plymouth “in spite of the winters.” Lay holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in small business and entrepreneurialism, both from South University.