Eric Pryor standing in front of a cathedral-style window, smiling.
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts names its first Black president

Eric G. Pryor, 59, fresh from steering the Harlem School of the Arts through a major $9.5 million building renovation and into a period of financial stability, has been named president and chief executive of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Pryor, president and CEO of the Harlem school since 2015, will take over the Academy on Jan. 18, succeeding David Brigham, who resigned in November of 2020 to run the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.