Announced today, following a staff meeting is the closing of the iconic Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute announced that fall classes will not be held and that they will be closing their doors on Oct. 31st. This news comes as an absolutely shocker, to the 150 new students enrolled for said classes.
This announcement falls after a leadership change at the school earlier this week. Following the termination of former President Edward Clift, many members of the board of trustees resigned, as a statement towards Clift’s firing from Christine Lin – owner of Brooks Institute since June 2015. Lin immediate assumed duties as the interim president following the termination of Clift’s three-year contract.
With a decline in student enrollment, this may come as no surprise to some. However, following in the footsteps of other successful art institutes, like Savannah College of Art and Design, many had held hope for the prestigious art institute. Brooks staff is currently working on alternative plans for the many students who were currently enrolled, with plans to attend this Fall.
While Brooks has not updated the news on their website, they have announced the closure publicly on their twitter page —
Today is a sad day. After 70 years, Brooks Institute closing October 31, 2016. Your education, experience, and careers will live on. #alumni
— Brooks Institute (@BrooksInstitute) August 12, 2016
Additional news on this story is unclear, and I have reached out to Brooks Institute for a statement on the matter. As a statement becomes available, I will update this story as needed.