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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.


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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.