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Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.

Kevin Manning

Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.
President of Stevenson University

Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., now in his 16th year as president of Stevenson University, was selected for the position after an extensive national search that involved the Board, students, faculty, and staff of Maryland’s third-largest independent university. The institution changed its name to Stevenson University in June 2008.

Dr. Manning has more than 40 years of experience in higher education. Before coming to Stevenson, he was Vice President for Development and College Relations at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. Prior to Immaculata University, Dr. Manning held key administrative positions at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and at Washington University in St. Louis.


Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents2010Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Oxford Roundtable2006University of Oxford, Oxford, England
Institute for Educational Management1989Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration1982The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel1976Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
B.A. in Theatre1967Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri


  • Independent College Fund of Maryland, President, 2015-Present
  • Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), Chair, 2013-2015; Executive Committee, Executive Committee, Member-At-Large, 2008-2010; Budget Committee Member and Capital Projects Committee Chair, 2005-2008
  • Greater Baltimore Committee, Board of Directors, 2007-Present
  • Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Board of Directors, 2009-Present
  • Owings Mills Corporate Roundtable, Board of Directors, 2008-Present
  • Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Board of Directors, 2007-Present
  • Council of Independent Colleges, Presidential Forum Group, 2001-Present


  • Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, Member, 2012-2015
  • Greater Baltimore Committee, President’s Advisory Council, 2003-2007; Technology Policy Workgroup, Vice Chair, 2002-2008; Education Committee Chair, 2008-2011; and Transportation Financing and Governance Task Force, 2008-2010
  • Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2004-2014
  • Maryland State Department of Education, Member, Youth Apprenticeship Design Team, 2015-2016
  • United Way of Central Maryland, Co-Chair, 2009 Campaign; and Board of Directors, 2007-2012
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), Board of Directors, 2011-2014; NAICU Executive Committee, Treasurer, 2013


  • Successfully guided Villa Julie College through change to university status and new name
  • Following the name change to Stevenson and adoption of university status, developed a comprehensive university model encompassing six schools: the Brown School of Business and Leadership, the School of Design, the School of Education, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of the Sciences, and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Doubled student enrollment at Stevenson since 2000
  • Saw Stevenson recognized as one of America’s “Up-and-Comer” universities for four times in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” rankings
  • Placed career education front and center, helping Stevenson achieve an average 92% job and/or graduate school placement rate for its students within six months of graduation
  • Coordinated development of the first faculty governance plan
  • Expanded University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies and introduced the area’s first accelerated programs; launched a Master’s Degree in Forensic Studies, Stevenson’s first online program
  • Brought nursing education through Stevenson’s RN to BS program to the majority of community colleges in Maryland and expanded graduate nursing education through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and distance learning innovations
  • Developed a second campus in Owings Mills, transforming the University from a commuter school to a residential campus and Owings Mills into a “college town”
  • Doubled, in terms of property, the size of the University and grew actual facility space by 500%
  • Doubled Stevenson’s staff and increased its number of faculty by more than 50%
  • Developed and achieved a campaign goal for the first formal capital campaign strategy of the University
  • Introduced the Baltimore Speakers Series to the region with seven renowned speakers annually


  • Authored chapter “Doing More with Less: Transforming a Program through Technology” in President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education, 2010; and “Leadership and Change” in Presidential Perspectives: Economic Prosperity in the Next Decade, 2010
  • Authored the op-eds “Is higher education leading to gainful employment,” The Baltimore Sun (2010) and “Lessons learned from an unplanned lockdown,” The Baltimore Sun (2014), and regularly blogs on The Huffington Post at
  • Authored “Utilizing Case Studies to Engage Volunteer Leadership,” Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Winter 2015


  • Recognized as a Maryland Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record in September 2003 for his introduction of Career ArchitectureSM, a career strategic plan program for students
  • Received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in Education in Maryland
  • Named one of “Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs” by The Daily Record, September 2014
  • Named a 2015 Influential Marylander by The Daily Record and, as a three-time winner, admitted to the Circle of Influence in 2015


  • Visionary Leadership in the 21st Century, The Oxford Roundtable, July 2006
  • Using Technology to Reshape Educational Delivery, CIC President’s Institute, January 2011
  • The Role of the President in Enrollment Management, CIC President’s Institute, January 2012
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Digital Communication in Higher Education, NAICU Public Relations Academy, January 2012
  • Creating and Growing a University, Association for Corporate Growth, May 2012; Leadership Baltimore County, June 2012; Maryland Chamber of Commerce, June 2012; Greater Baltimore Committee, June, 2012; The Wednesday Club, September 2012; Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, November 2012; Baltimore Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, February 2013
  • Keynote Address, 2013 Hibernian of the Year Honoree, The Hibernian Society of Baltimore, March 2013
  • Maryland Competitiveness Coalition Presentation, Maryland Competitiveness Summit, September 2013
  • Stevenson University’s Experience in Online Instruction, The Council of Independent Colleges, January 2014
  • A Partnership in Education, Cristo Rey Annual Dinner, Keynote Address, April 2014
  • Mission in Action, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Conference For Heads of School, June 2014
  • Mission and Confidence, Maryland Competitiveness Coalition’s 2014 Maryland Economic Conference, September 2014
  • Funding Career, College, and Civic Readiness, Maryland-DC Campus Compact Presidents’ Institute Panel Presentation, November 2014
  • A Forum for Thought Leadership and Strategic Innovation in Maryland’s Economic Development, Maryland Rising: Economic Development Executive Summit hosted by Stevenson University, December 2014
  • Vision. Branding. Innovation, MICA Board of Trustees Presentation, January 2015
  • Vision and Values in Organizational Success, Catholic Business Network of Baltimore, June 2015
  • The Future of Higher Education, TEDx Baltimore, January 2016


Dr. Manning and his wife, Sara, reside in Hunt Valley, Maryland and have three children and two grandchildren.

Stadium Opening

President Manning, on the field for the September 10, 2011 Mustang Stadium opening celebration, is joined by former Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, former Baltimore Stallions linebacker O.J. Brigance, and former Baltimore Colt Tom Matte.


Retirement Wishes

  • Knowing of your 16 years of service that started with guiding the University through its name change from Villa Julie College to Stevenson University, to the creation of seven schools, coupled with increased enrollment, your dedication and commitment to Stevenson and its educational excellence is unparalleled. Your hard work has been greatly appreciated by all and has not gone unnoticed by many of us in government and in the education community.

    On behalf of the residents of Baltimore County, I thank you for your outstanding accomplishments, and I congratulate you on your recent retirement.

    Kevin Kamenetz
    County Executive, Baltimore County, Maryland

  • Please accept my wishes for all the best in your retirement. Your time at Stevenson has been long, and your legacy will be nothing short of extraordinary.

    Jim Salvucci, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
    Buena Vista University

  • Thank you, Dr. Manning, for all the contributions you made to Stevenson. It is a fantastic university, thanks to your leadership. I extend a special thank you for the kindness and care you showed the students. My daughter absolutely loves Stevenson.

    Enjoy your retirement. You will be sorely missed.

    Barbara "Muffie" Smith
    Stevenson parent

  • I have been a fan of yours since the initial search committee, and my loyalty and trust in you have never waivered. Thank you for your vision and thank you for your hard work. Your drive to make us better and better has given me pride in a place I call my second home. I am thankful to have worked under you.

    Chris Noya
    Assistant Professor, Business Communication

  • Thank you greatly for your contributions to the Stevenson community. You are leaving behind a legacy that will live on for decades. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such a fine institution.

    Jordan Wright '13

  • I want to express my thanks. You have made a real difference in our community and we should all thank you. Best wishes.

    Philip E. Niedermair
    Managing Director of Strategic Alliances
    Whiteford Taylor Preston

  • Kudos for your transformative leadership at Stevenson and for the strong and innovative leadership model you established for a MICUA presidency. That model has resonated in the Baltimore region and in Annapolis. Personally, I thank you for your generous collegiality ever since my arrival at MICA.

    Samuel Hoi
    President, Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Your vision, leadership and personal style, and your extraordinary team, have transformed the institution from a solid and respected small liberal arts college to a significant and growing player among American universities. Stevenson is now such a vital element of the greater Baltimore community. Congratulations on a job very, very well done, and best wishes for a wonderful retirement!

    Henry Smith
    Smith & Downey

  • You and your team created a new and remarkable major educational and community presence, impacting the lives of so many people and their families. Your passionate commitment to Stevenson continues to be an inspiration to me and many others.

    Steven D. Frenkil
    Principal, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
    Member, President’s Advisory Council, Stevenson University

  • You will be missed as a visionary by all and as a role model of composure and professionalism by those who have the honor to know you as a friend. How many people get to complete their term in office with the knowledge that they vastly improved thousands of young lives? Dr. Manning, such a mission seemed like a matter of course for you... But to us, it was extraordinary, and every meeting with you made us ask ourselves how we could also transform young lives for the better.

    Gilbert R. Trout
    Director of Investment Real Estate
    Trout Daniel & Associates LLC

  • Dr. Manning has taught all of us what the intersection of real vision, leadership and execution looks like.

    Mark S. Furst
    President and CEO
    United Way of Central MD

  • Thank you for your myriad of contributions to the growth and importance of Stevenson University. Your extraordinary leadership has made the difference and as a result, you are a president’s president as articulated by your peers.

    Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick
    Presidential Scholar
    Towson University and
    Former Md. State Superintendent of Schools

  • You had vision for Villa Julie’s future. You knew the strategies and human capital it would take to execute that vision, and, with your leadership, you made it happen. The college, region and state are better because of you.

    The Honorable Eileen Rehrmann
    Former Harford County Executive