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By: The Art Institutes

July 2, 2010

The Board of Trustees of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh announced today that George W. Sebolt has accepted the college’s 12th presidential appointment and plans to take office on July 26, 2010.

Mr. Sebolt joins The Art Institute of Pittsburgh after serving as President of The Art Institute of Washington, where he helped the school grow to 300 employees and 2,200 students, achieve various programmatic accreditation and introduce 10 academic degree programs.

A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Sebolt is originally from Sewickley and attended Quaker Valley High School. Together with his wife, Karen, and their children Will, 14, Juliana, 11, and Mia, 8, the Sebolt family eagerly anticipates a return to their hometown.

“The Board of Trustees welcomes George Sebolt as President of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh,” said Dr. Marylouise Fennell.  “We are grateful that he has accepted the position. We offer our full support to his role in advancing the mission, goals and objectives of this 89 year-old institution of higher education.”

Mr. Sebolt’s career with The Art Institutes began in 2002, where he worked at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh while in the Education Management Corp. Executive Development Program before accepting his first presidential appointment to The Art Institute of California – Orange County.

Mr. Sebolt earned his M.B.A. at The Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Grove City College in Grove City, PA. Prior to his career with The Art Institutes, he worked in leadership roles for The Bradshaw Group and Occidental Chemical Corporation.

 “It will be an extraordinary honor to return to my hometown as President of The Art Institutes’ flagship college,” said Mr. Sebolt. “I am committed to serving a career-focused mission that supports the creative and intellectual development of our students.  I am also looking forward to returning to Pittsburgh with my family to become immersed once again in all that our great city has to offer.”

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh college community is comprised of approximately 3000 students who pursue degrees at its historic Downtown Pittsburgh location and over 10,000 students taking courses available through the college’s online division.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s mission is to provide distinctive creative and collegiate education, based on a foundation of exemplary learning-centered practices, endowing graduates with skills, abilities, and competencies that enable them to achieve personal and professional success in an evolving global market. Since 1921, more than 55,000 graduates have emerged from The Art Institute and made significant contributions to American culture in design, advertising, motion picture, business, news, retail, health care, entertainment, fashion and culinary industries.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh offers 15 bachelor’s degree programs in Advertising, Culinary Management, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Entertainment Design, Fashion Design, Fashion & Retail Management, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Photography, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics and Web Design & Interactive Media. Associate’s degree programs are also offered in Culinary Arts, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Kitchen & Bath Design, Photography and Web Design & Interactive Media. Twelve-month diploma programs are available in The Art of Cooking, Digital Design, and Web Design.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of more than 45 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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By: The Art Institutes

July 2, 2010