Art Institute president steps down

Staff Report
Published July 30, 2013

Art Institute of Charleston President Newton Myvett announced plans to step down after nine months in his position.

Myvett left Charleston Monday to become president at The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Myvett is only the second president to take the helm at The Art Institute of Charleston since its founding in 2006. Richard Jerue, the local institute’s first president, stepped down in 2012.

Newton Myvett
Newton Myvett
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, has nearly 600 students and two locations in Charleston.

The search has begun to find Myvett’s successor. Local administration and faculty will create a search committee, which will look both internally within the art institute system and externally for a replacement.

“I don’t foresee any dramatic changes within The Art Institute of Charleston,” said Kim Resnik, the institute’s regional public relations manager.

The committee has not decided whether there will be an interim president. The local institute’s senior administration will handle Myvett’s duties in the meantime.

“We have a very strong senior administration that will handle academic and student affairs just as they have been,” Resnik said.

During Myvett’s tenure in Charleston, he introduced a new bachelor’s degree of fine arts in fashion design.

Myvett introduced new partnerships, such as the annual Media Showcase with Brian and Summer Peacher of the Charleston International Film Festival. The showcase offers students a venue for presenting their short films, trailers and documentaries to the public, and to receive critiques.

He also continued The Art Institute of Charleston’s partnership with community organizations, including the Wine & Food Festival and Charleston Fashion Week.

Myvett said he and his wife plan to stay connected to the Lowcountry and visit often to participate in local community activities.

“Charleston has been so welcoming to my family and to The Art Institute of Charleston,” Myvett said in a news release. “I have developed strong ties to the community in the relatively short time I’ve been here and I look forward to making Charleston my second home.”

The Art Institute of Charleston has educational facilities at 24 N. Market St. and 360 Concord St. It offers bachelor’s and associate degree programs, as well as certificate programs, in design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts.

The school also operates a restaurant, 24 North Market, located on the second floor of the North Market building, where culinary students prepare and serve the local community lunch every Thursday and Friday.

The Art Institute of Charleston is one of The Art Institutes, a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The schools provide education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals.

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