President’s Office

Thomas Manley

“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 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.

Three Poems on Silence

Home » Lines of Thinking I’ve been reflecting on the idea of silence since listening to the inspiring talks given by Tamika D. Mallory at the Coretta Scott King Legacy Luncheon and Birthday...

Billy Collins

Home » Lines of Thinking A lot of things in life take courage. Sometimes reading poetry is one of them.I once read a poem to conclude a presentation on international education and its power to get...

Mary Oliver

Home » Lines of Thinking  I read recently that IKEA’s founder attributed the ubiquitous furniture company’s success to his breakthrough innovation of “wordless directions:” diagrammatic drawings...