Jo Ann Wilson Named President of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA — Jo Ann Wilson has been named president of The Art Institute of Atlanta. The announcement was made to faculty and staff on February 22 by John Mazzoni, President of The Art Institutes, and John Kraft, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Art Institute of Atlanta. President Wilson joined The Art Institute of Atlanta on March 8, 2010.

Ms. Wilson began her career in higher education in 1985 and she has held a variety of progressive executive leadership roles. Before coming to The Art Institutes of Atlanta, she was president of Education Corporation of America’s main campus, Virginia College, in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Wilson served as CEO-president of Bauder College and president of the Atlanta Campuses for American InterContinental University. She was also the Senior Vice President of Interactive College of Technology for more than 16 years, also located in the Atlanta area.

She graduated from Colorado Technical University with an executive MBA and completed her bachelor of science in management and information technology from Kaplan University. She also holds an associate degree in computer programming from Interactive College of Technology.

President Wilson commented, “As a native of Atlanta, I am excited to be the president of the prestigious Art Institute of Atlanta and look forward to helping students pursue their educational goals and progress into their chosen careers.”

President Wilson is a resident of Peachtree City (GA).

The Art Institute of Atlanta (Atlanta campus) is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Art Institute of Atlanta, including its branch campuses — The Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur, The Art Institute of Charleston, The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, The Art Institute of Washington, and The Art Institute of Washington – Northern Virginia — is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Art Institute of Atlanta. The Art Institute of Atlanta ( is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of more than 45 educational institutions throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts professionals.

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