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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.


In August 2020, then-President Tom Manley announced his intent to retire in the next academic year. Read more about the leadership transition and presidential search at Antioch College.



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 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.