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The Art Institute of Charlotte Names New President

By: The Art Institutes

February 10, 2017

Citing his exemplary leadership at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, The Art Institutes, a college system of more than 45 schools throughout North America, has expanded the responsibilities of Chris Mesecar, president of The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham to include The Art Institute of Charlotte, it was recently announced. Both schools are branches of Miami International University of Art & Design.


“The Art Institutes campuses in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham have much in common,” says Mesecar. “They are both, for example, situated in the hearts of thriving metro areas rich in talent and opportunity. At the same time, their course selections are slightly different and complementary. I look forward to working with both, and making the most of the synergies.”  


At the Raleigh-Durham campus, Mesecar helped lead the development of a Game Art & Design (BFA) program that includes industry-standard virtual reality courses and has become a popular destination for students. 


Mesecar joined The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham in November 2010 after three years as the senior director of admissions at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. His career in the organization began in 1996 and has included roles such as high school representative for The Art Institute of Philadelphia, senior associate director of high school programs for The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago, associate director of admissions – training and special projects, The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago and second director of admissions for The Art Institute of Colorado.


Mesecar holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. He, along with his wife and children, will remain based in The Triangle, and will split his time evenly between the two campuses.

By: The Art Institutes

February 10, 2017