Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Sad Decline for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Sad Decline for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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Thank you for Daniel Moore's continued reporting on the unfortunate Art Institute of Pittsburgh fiasco, including his front-page story describing its sudden closure (March 12,"'Doomsday' Came Quickly").

My grandfather, Willis Shook, founded AIP and directed it for 41 years. It opened Oct. 1, 1921, with nine local students. While managing the for-profit institution, my granddad's utmost priority was always dedicated, hands-on, top-quality personal instruction, rather than attempting to maximize profits. But not all of his successors maintained this order of priorities; some, apparently, quite the reverse.

He sold AIP in 1962. After various changes in ownership, Education Management Corp. acquired it in 1970, adding online courses in 2000. By 2004, AIP was accredited to offer bachelor's degrees. …

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