Building Artisans, Experts From Around the World Will Teach at the American College of the Building Arts

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The American College of the Building Arts is proud to announce its complete first year faculty and additional administration members, as it heads towards the first day of classes on August 22nd. The College is the only four-year degree granting institution in the history of the country that is solely focused on preparing artisans for contemporary careers in the classic building trades.

The American College of the Building Arts is proud to announce its complete first year faculty and additional administration members, as it heads towards the first day of classes on August 22nd. The College is the only four-year degree granting institution in the history of the country that is solely focused on preparing artisans for contemporary careers in the classic building trades. Six majors will be offered: Architectural Metal, Architectural Stone, Carpentry, Masonry, Plaster Working, and Timber Framing.

According to David AvRutick, President of the American College of the Building Arts, "It has been incredibly gratifying and flattering to see the scope and quality of the response that we have had for our faculty and administration openings. The number of talented artisans and educators who applied to join the College is extraordinary. All the new faculty and administration members are greatly accomplished and all are deeply committed to educating the next generations of building artisans and preserving the building arts. We are proud to have attracted them."

New administration members include:

William Christie

Interim Dean Of The College

Brevard, NC

Christie is a member of the Registry of College and University Presidents and Vice Presidents. A native of Maryland, he received his Bachelor's Degree from Washington and Lee University and his Master's Degree and PhD from Yale University. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an academic administrator at the University of Arizona, Furman University, Wingate University and Catawba College.

Carter Hammett-McGarry

Dean For Students

Hammett-McGarry has worked in higher education administration for 21 years including the University of Florida, Guam Community College (Western Pacific), Lees McRae College, the National University of Costa Rica, and Appalachian State University. She has written and published in the fields of student success and teaching-learning strategies and was awarded a Rotary Grant to lead a literacy project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2004. She holds a Master's Degree in Higher Education Student Development from Appalachian State University and a second Master's in Biblical Studies. Hammett-McGarry also holds faculty status.

Deborah Johnson

Librarian

Beaufort, SC

Johnson earned her a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Human Services and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee.

Johnson has more than 10 years experience in academic libraries. She has worked as library director at the Massachusetts College of Art, Ringling School of Art and Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Clemson University's Gunnin Architectural Library, as well as working and studying at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Johnson also holds faculty status.

Rosie Such

Admissions Director/Registrar

Enumclaw, WA

Such has more than 30 years experience in college admissions programs in the United States and abroad, including in at the University of Puget Sound, the International program of Washington State Community College in Germany, and with Johnson & Wales University in Charleston.

Emily Pruden

Associate Operations Manager

Suffolk, VA

Pruden received a Bachelor's Degree in Historic Preservation and Community Planning from the College of Charleston and is working on a Master's Degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Pruden gained experience with Charleston's unique architectural and cultural heritage with her internship at the Preservation Society of Charleston, worked on national preservation issues as an intern with the National Historic Trust for Preservation.

William Bates

Professor Of Architectural Drawing & Design

Albany, GA

Bates received his Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design from Auburn University School of Architecture and a Master's Degree of Architecture from University Miami School of Architecture. He has taught at the Institute of Classical Architecture, where he is a Fellow, as well as the University of Miami School of Architecture. He has lectured in the United States and abroad.

Timothy Chesser

Professor Of English

Charleston, SC

Chesser received a Bachelor's Degree in both English and French from Erskine College and a Master's Degree in English from the University of Charleston. Chesser served as Program Coordinator for Drayton Hall with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and as an English Professor at Charleston Southern University.

Jay Close

Professor Of Architectural Metals

Clover, SC

Close obtained his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master's Degree from the University of Manchester in England. Close comes to the College with a far-reaching background in historic ironwork. He was part of the Historic Trades program at Colonial Williamsburg, where he worked under Master Blacksmith Peter Ross, and has extensively studied the ornamental ironwork of early 18th century England. Close has demonstrated and taught ironworking throughout the United States.

Frank Genello

Professor Of Masonry

Cohasset, MA

Genello received is Bachelor's of Art Degree from University of Pittsburgh with a Major in English Literature and Minor in Psychology. He went on to receive his M.P.A. in Public Administration from Marywood College and Master's of Art degree in Historic Preservation from Boston University. Frank completed an internship with the National Park Service, North Atlantic Historic Preservation Center, where he performed research, lab work, and analysis of historical pigment composition and color recipes.

Genello went on to work for the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Restoration Workshop where he provided a full range of restoration services and maintenance on properties owned and operated by The National Trust. With his own company, American Building Restoration Company, Inc., Genello specialized in the restoration of historic structures, museum properties, residential construction and renovations.

Jean Lemineur

Professor Of Plaster

Belgium

Lemineur was educated and trained in France at the Association Ouvrière des Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France in plaster and fibrous plaster. In 2001 he became the Director of the Paris Compagnons Training Center, and served in that capacity until 2004. His hands-on experience includes working on the European Parliament in Strasbourg, luxury cruise liners in St-Nazaire (Nantes), the refurbishment of important “Hotels” throughout France, and the restoration of the Petit Palais in Paris.

W. Gregg Longanecker

Professor Of Mathematics

Dayton, OH

Longanecker received his Bachelor's of Business Administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and his Master's of Education in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in 1990. Longanecker continued taking courses at UGA and worked in community and workplace literacy programs at Lanier Technical Institute in Gainesville, Georgia before joining Trident Technical College to teach mathematics from 1996 – 2001. He has spent the last four years teaching mathematics and statistics at the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

Bruno Sutter

Professor Of Timber Framing And Carpentry

France

Sutter was educated and trained in France at the Association Ouvrière des Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France in timber framing. He has taught timber framing for the Compagnon, as well as worked extensively France, Belgium, Luxembourg and in the United States. Throughout his career, Sutter has focused on framing, cutting and raising numerous projects, including renovation, new houses, industrial frames, glue laminated structure and staircases.

The College is the only four-year college in the nation to offer a dedicated degree in the building arts. With the successful completion of their coursework, students will receive either an Associates or a Bachelors degree in Applied Sciences.

The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains new generations of artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment and appreciation of our architectural heritage. The College operates in three locations: the historic Old City Jail in downtown Charleston, the Noisette Campus at the former Charleston naval base and the future permanent home being created on the nearby 330+-year-old McLeod Plantation. All three sites offer the students and faculty the chance to work together in living laboratories that encompass history and beauty. The inaugural class will study primarily at the Noisette Campus and use McLeod and the Old City Jail as their learning labs. For more information, visit http://www.buildingartscollege.us or call toll free at 877.283.5245.

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