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Petitioning EDMC / Goldman-Sachs The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

End the control by the Corporate Overlords and SAVE OUR EDUCATION!


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We have begun to organize representatives from campuses around the US including Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota and Orange County!

We can’t allow EDMC and Goldman-Sachs to get away with their treatment of the value of a good education!

The reality of our country is that big investment corporations are running educational institutions. Fundamentally this seems backwards, especially when the CEO of EDMC was compensated with a total of $13,185,559 in 2011, yet they are laying employees off from campuses in droves because these are ‘difficult times in American higher education’. Yeah, $13m is a pretty rough year for ONE person. Imagine how many instructors that could save.

We have some MAJOR things coming to combat this, but we need patience from everyone. We are going to organize this and attack in a way that they couldn’t expect. We will be underestimated, and we like that. It means their guard will be down!


The Art Institute has a Mission Statement* as follows:

"The mission of Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale as an undergraduate institution of higher education is to provide quality education by promoting a culture of learning with a commitment to excellence in curricula and teaching that leads to the successful launch of student careers."

And then claims that...

"To live our mission effectively, we are dedicated to the achievement of the following goals:

- Develop and maintain staff and faculty who are dedicated to student success and academic quality."

Obviously whoever made this decision to layoff based on seniority forgot the mission statement!

* Source:



Employees Affected: (working list; 31 of 45)


Carlos Jimenez (Computer Technician)
Greg Metzger (Checkout)
Mike Crary (Print Center MB)
Phillip Mueller (Media Specialist - Photo / Video)
Val Vigil (Print Center HW) 

Catherine Ziegler (Library)
Christy Denton (Academic Advisor)
Gili Rabone (Academic Advisor)
Jennifer Arreguin (Admin Assistant)
Maria Barron (Vice President of Finance)
Roni Braver (Academic Advisor)
Shelia Getman (Academic Advisor)
Scott Conner 

Linda Taylor (Purchasing)
Andrew Lyman 

Andre West (Chair)
Chelsea Rousso
Heather Shea 

Amy Phillips (Chair)
Brook Pruitt
Kevin Smith 

William Cadeaux 

Graphic Design:
Chriss David (Chair)
Kelly Bennett
Paul Kane 

Media Arts and Illustration:
Brett Baker
Howard Katz
Jonathan Hunt
Kim Maxwell
Trina Nicklas (Chair)

Industrial Design:
Patricia Grullon

*****CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES (Santa Monica)

Video Production Full Time Faculty:
David Schreiber (Video, Department Chair)
Jessica Hoffman
Matthaeus Szumanski
Steve Gerbson
David Garrison
Micheal Libonati (Program Chair)
Rosa Farre (VFX, Animation)
Peter Gend (VFX, Animation)
Nick Kozis (Animation) 

9 Academic Directors
2 Academic Advisors
2 Full Time Instructors 

*****HOUSTON (Main Campus)
34 Total. Names pending.

27 layoffs! Departments possibly closing due to a lack of instructors! 

62 layoffs! Names pending.


David Sanchez

Claude Cevasco
Suzanne Sorel 

Nancy Bonnet (Academic Director)

Josh Kanies (Academic Director)
Heather Scott 

Graphic Design:
Crystal Mitchell (Academic Director)
Paul Thens
Denise Snow

Media Arts and Animation:
Li Harmon (Academic Director)
Rocky Bright
Randolf Dimalanta

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