UNH, Lyme Academy College finalize affiliation agreement

Old Lyme — The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is officially part of the University of New Haven.

UNH said in a news release issued Thursday that it has finalized its affiliation with Lyme Academy, making the Old Lyme institution its sixth college.

“The affiliation of our two institutions will raise the stature of fine arts education in the Northeast while providing expanded benefits, services and opportunities to students, faculty and alumni at both the University of New Haven and Lyme Academy College,” UNH President Steven H. Kaplan said in a statement.

Students at Lyme Academy College can now take advantage of UNH’s liberal arts courses and art programs, including design and digital media, as well as study abroad programs, according to the release. UNH will add Lyme Academy College’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program to its curriculum, meaning UNH students can study painting, sculpture, drawing and illustration at the art school.

The UNH board of governors and the Lyme Academy board of trustees approved the affiliation this spring. The Connecticut Office of Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges also approved the affiliation. Both institutions will continue to integrate their services through the upcoming year.

Todd Jokl, associate professor and past chairman of the UNH Department of Art and Design, will serve as the campus dean at Lyme Academy College.

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