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Presidential Transition


In August 2020, then-President Tom Manley announced his intent to retire at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year. Antioch College is conducting a national search for its next president.


Sharen Swartz Neuhardt

Senior Vice President, Trustee

Sharen Swartz Neuhardt

Acting as Senior Vice President, Sharen Neuhardt oversees Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Admissions and Enrollment, and Operations and Business.

Neuhardt is a Partner at Thompson Hine LLP in Dayton, Ohio specializing in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and technology law. She was the head of the firm’s corporate transactions and securities practice group from 2005-2008. Neuhardt was also the Vice President and General Counsel of Mead Data Central, Inc. (now known as LexisNexis) from 1987-1990. In addition to her work with the Ohio Democratic Party, Neuhardt has been active in Planned Parenthood for decades. Neuhardt and her husband David are stalwarts of the Yellow Spring's community who helped save the historic Whitehall farm property from mass development, protecting 950 acres with a conservation easement conservation easement through the Tecumseh Land Trust.  She earned a BA from Northwestern University in 1973 and holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Shadia Alvarez ’96

Senior Vice President for Equity and Strategic Development

Shadia Alvarez ’96

In her role as Senior Vice President for Equity and Strategic Development,  Shadia Alvarez serves as Executive Director of the Coretta Scott King Center, and supervises Advancement, Marketing and Communications, and grants.

Alvarez was the principal at the Principal of House III; New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York. A one-time Antioch College community manager and assistant to the president for multicultural affairs, she also served on the Antioch College Task Force on Community & Community Governance, and the Board of Trustees.

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John K. Jacobs Jr. ’76

Senior Vice President, Trustee

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John K. Jacobs Jr. ’76

 

Acting as Senior Vice President, John overseas Finance and Budget.

John K. Jacobs (not to be confused with John L. Jacobs ’76) has many Antioch connections. He met his wife Mary (class of ’74) when he entered in 1972, his father John K. Jacobs Sr. graduated in 1940, and his first cousin Evelyn Lamers ’69 and her husband Tom (class of ’69) are, or were, all proud Antioch alumni.

After graduating from Antioch with a focus on the fine arts, sculpture in particular, John continued his studies at the MFA program at Hunter College in New York. While there he began working part time in galleries and museums in New York and after leaving Hunter in 1980 he joined the staff of The New Museum where he took the job of Registrar, managing the exhibitions and collections of the museum. After spending 6 years at the museum and seeing it grow into the most cutting edge contemporary art museum in New York he left to join the fledgling art services company, Crozier Fine Arts. This company specialized in the storage, shipping, crating and packing and installation of fine art all over the world and provided the commercial experience that he would need to found his own company.

In 1989, with his wife Mary and their three small children, he left New York for Washington, D.C. to establish ARTEX Fine Art Services in the former post office building of Takoma Park Maryland. The company quickly grew and established offices in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale and today is the largest art service provider in the United States, specializing in working with museums, galleries, private collectors and auction houses.

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Tom Manley

President Emeritus

headshot of Tom Manley
Tom Manley

Manley is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received a bachelor's in East Asian history and education from Towson University. He earned a master’s in Asian studies, and doctorate in education from the Claremont Graduate University. He has a long history of board and volunteer service to organizations such as the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Initiative, National Endowment of the Arts Education Leadership Initiative, and the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities. Manley has nearly four decades of experience in higher education, including 12 years as president of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland and 22 years at the Claremont Colleges -- primarily at Pitzer College -- where he held a variety of administrative posts and served as a member of the faculty. Visit the President's Office website for more. 

The Senior Vice Presidents oversee the day-to-day operations of the College during the transition period. John Jacobs overseas Finance and Budget; Sharen Neuhardt oversees Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Admissions and Enrollment, and Operations and Business; Shadia Alvarez serves as Executive Director of the Coretta Scott King Center, and supervises Advancement, Marketing and Communications, and grants.

Tom Manley was named President Emeritus of the College on December 1, 2020. Through June 30, he will continue to serve the College working closely with the Board of Trustees and others as requested on fundraising, partnership, strategic initiatives, communications, and projects that advance the Antioch College Works program and the College’s distinctive applied liberal arts approach.

Thomas Manley

President Emeritus

“Antioch for me is one of the great, iconic places in American Higher education. I compare it to places like Black Mountain College and the Bauhaus, institutions that have always been experimental, that have sought to find the forward moral edge. To stand in a tough space and create education around tough issues of our time.”

— Thomas Manley

Manley is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received a bachelor’s in East Asian history and education from Towson University. He earned a master’s in Asian studies, and doctorate in education from the Claremont Graduate University. He has a long history of board and volunteer service to organizations such as the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Initiative, National Endowment of the Arts Education Leadership Initiative, and the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities. Manley has nearly four decades of experience in higher education, including 12 years as president of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland and 22 years at the Claremont Colleges — primarily at Pitzer College — where he held a variety of administrative posts and served as a member of the faculty.


Read President Emeritus Manley’s thoughts on the vision for Antioch@175: A New Kind of American College


Lines of Thinking

A monthly feature from College President Emeritus Tom Manley. Each installment features a poem selected for its powers to transport us to some higher, lower or common ground, and, possibly in the process, provide fresh perspective and insight on the ground we occupy daily.

Lorde, Wright, Sogi

The Japanese poet and diarist Sei Shonagon noted among the tricks of time and distance the deceptive proximity of the last day of the year and the first day of the new year: things that were near and far at the same moment.