Education Management Announces Resignation of President and CEO Edward H. West

Aug 14, 2015, 09:00 ET from Education Management Corporation

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Education Management Corporation (EDMC) today announced that Edward H. West has resigned as President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director, effective Aug. 28, to pursue other interests. West joined EDMC nine years ago and has served as CEO since August 2012. 

"I leave EDMC confident that we have made great strides in our efforts to focus on student outcomes, improve retention and lower the cost of education," said West. "It has truly been an honor to represent our 20,000 employees as we provide an exceptional educational experience to over 100,000 students."

During his tenure as CEO, West maintained EDMC's stature as a leading provider of private-sector, higher education and drove an ardent focus on student outcomes and lowering the cost of education for students.

"We're very grateful to Ed for his leadership and commitment to EDMC's mission," said Mark A. McEachen, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Through his hard work, Ed leaves a more focused and outcomes-oriented EDMC, with a new Board of Directors and an infrastructure that will allow our institutions to better serve students. Ed also built a strong leadership team that will continue to emphasize student success."

The Board of Directors will conduct a search process to hire EDMC's next Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors has established an Office of the Chairman to act in place of the CEO until a new CEO is appointed.

About Education Management Corporation
Education Management Corporation ( provides post-secondary education in North America through four education systems — The Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown Mackie Colleges, and South University – totaling 110 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada. The company offers academic programs to students through campus-based and online instruction, or through a combination of both.  The company is committed to offering quality academic programs and strives to improve the learning experience for its students. Its educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines, including media arts, health sciences, design, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, business, fashion, legal, education and information technology.

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