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Celebrating a Legacy




Stevenson University Highlights, 2000-2016


Stevenson President Kevin Manning presents on the future of higher education at the fourth annual TEDx Baltimore.


Stevenson's state-of-the-art, 200,000-square-foot Kevin J. Manning Academic Center opens on August 30, providing resources for the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, and additional space for the School of Design. Watch the video.

Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., announces his retirement on March 10 after sixteen years of serving the Stevenson community including the board, cabinet, deans, faculty, staff, and students.

On February 18, Stevenson University unveils an 11-piece sculpture garden situated within the Knott Hall courtyard on the Greenspring Campus.

Stevenson University President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., is one of the more than 20 speakers to present on a variety of topics at the 2016 TEDx Baltimore Conference, January 14 at Morgan State University.


Stevenson University continues to cement itself as a national leader in forensic education with the launch of its newly-established Center for Forensic Excellence.


Stevenson convenes Maryland’s top economic development and education leaders for a strategic discussion of Maryland’s competitive future at the University’s second annual Maryland Rising, December 8.

Stevenson University officially opens its new School of Health Professions with a launch event in the Inscape Theatre on December 7. The program included a keynote address from Del. Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

Stevenson’s School of Graduate and Professional studies officially launches its Center for Forensic Excellence, which will serve as a resource for both forensic professionals and students, in mid-May.

On May 6, Stevenson unofficially breaks the Guinness World Record for the largest exercise ball class in history. More than 390 students, faculty, and staff participate in the class, held inside Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson Athletics announces the addition of its 26th and 27th intercollegiate sports: Beach Volleyball and Men’s Ice Hockey.


Stevenson breaks ground on its Athletics Hall of Fame and inducts eight players and two teams into its inaugural class.

On April 23, a 12-foot-tall, bronze mustang sculpture, named Victory,” is unveiled outside of Mustang Stadium on the Owings Mills Campus. The sculpture was created by nationally renowned wildlife artist Bart Walter.


Stevenson, behind its Blue U Wellness program, takes first place in the Baltimore Business Journal's annual "Healthiest Employers" awards for organizations with 100-499 full-time employees for the second time.

Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick, a documentary by Stevenson University, focuses on the university's approach to providing comprehensive career development and preparation for the workforce.

Stevenson Men’s Lacrosse team captures its first NCAA title with a 16-14 win over Rochester Institute of Technology in front of more than 20,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on May 26.

On January 19, Stevenson premieres a new half-hour documentary, Brick by Brick: Stevenson University’s Career Architecture™ LEGO Challenge, on WBAL TV 11. The documentary follows the students and faculty of Stevenson’s First Year Seminars as they prepare for and compete in the LEGO Challenge.

President Manning and Ray Lewis

President Manning and former Ravens player, Ray Lewis.


Stevenson launches a new athletic team, women’s ice hockey, which holds its first home game at the Reisterstown Sportsplex on December 30.

On August 19, the
Baltimore Ravens holds a public practice at Stevenson University's Mustang Stadium.

The University signs an agreement with the Maryland Bible Society to curate the society’s collection of manuscripts and historic Bibles, including a rare 400-year-old first edition of the King James Bible, as part of the Stevenson University Archives collection.


Stevenson announces its acquisition of the former Shire Pharmaceuticals property adjacent to the Owings Mills Campus on November 15. The site adds 28 acres and 168,000 square feet of space to the campus.

On September 10, SU celebrates the opening of Mustang Stadium during the first home game of the new football team. The team defeats Christopher Newport University in double-overtime play.

President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. is among 50 Marylanders honored by The Daily Record as “Influential Marylanders” on April 27. In February, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

President Manning at SU's first football game

On Sept. 10, 2011, playing into double overtime, the Mustangs win 46-43 over Christopher Newport University in their first game in Mustang Stadium. A sellout crowd of 3,500 SU fans bore witness to the team's first win in program history.


The University announces the completion of Inspiring Students, Building Careers: The Campaign for Stevenson University on December 31, which raises more than $20.4 million in support for Stevenson.

SU dedicates the Stevenson University Archives, Menning Meditation Center and Labyrinth, and the Harris and Hoeprich faculty houses on the Greenspring Campus during Founders Day, October 1.

On August 12, the new Stevenson football team holds its first practice on the turf field at Owings Mills. During the practice, a new Mustangs Athletics logo is unveiled to the campus and sports media.

SOBL Dedication Ceremony

President Manning at the dedication ceremony for the newly-opened Brown School of Business and Leadership.


SU announces the launch of football, bringing its number of NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports to 20.

The University welcomes entrepreneur and publisher Steve Forbes, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and other dignitaries to its Owings Mills Campus to celebrate the new School of Business and Leadership. It is named in honor of Baltimore builder and developer Howard S. Brown. The School is to be known as the Brown School of Business and Leadership.

President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., approves the University Restructuring Plan adopted by the Faculty Council, effectively creating a six school structure headed by deans: the School of Design, the School of Education, the School of the Sciences, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.


President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., is named a 2008 “Influential Marylander” by The Daily Record.

The new School of Business and Leadership building opens on the Owings Mills Campus.

After months of research and deliberation, on June 11, the College’s Board votes unanimously to change the name of the institution. The name Stevenson University is unveiled to the media on June 12. The Board votes to keep the Villa Julie name alive by creating the Villa Julie College of Arts and Sciences as part of Stevenson University.

Cal Ripken and President Manning

One of the highlights of the successful 2007 capital campaign launch was a gala with a special guest, Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.


The College announces a $20 million expansion project on its Owings Mills Campus that will include a new gymnasium, a new entrance from Owings Mills Boulevard, expanded parking, and a 300-bed residential building.

President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., receives the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in the Education category in Maryland. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

At a special event featuring Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken, Jr., the College announces the largest fundraising event in its history. Inspiring Students, Building Careers: The Campaign for Villa Julie will strive to raise $20 million to support the new School of Business, the endowment, and special projects.

Villa Julie unveils a year’s worth of activities as part of the College’s 60th anniversary celebration. The events include the first Founders Day ceremony on October 1. The College also publishes a history book covering Villa Julie’s first 60 years.

The College breaks ground on a new academic building to house the School of Business on the Owings Mills Campus. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown leads a group of distinguished visitors at the event. The 60,000-square-foot building will include a mock trial courtroom, 14 classrooms, five computer labs, six seminar rooms, and 24 faculty offices.

The Maryland State Department of Education selects the College to be the state’s University Affiliate for the new Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences Program. Teachers from Baltimore City and eight Maryland counties spend two weeks at Villa Julie over the summer learning from VJC instructors how to better prepare high school students for college science courses.

Construction on Owings Mills Campus

Construction continues with the residential halls on the Owings Mills Campus.


Villa Julie College takes the successful Master’s in Forensic Studies program online after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the highest standard for accreditation, approves an expanded version of the degree.

The College announces its plan to sponsor the Baltimore Speakers Series at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, set to begin in September 2006. Villa Julie will welcome some of America’s top speakers to Baltimore.


Villa Julie purchases the two-story office building at the Owings Mills Campus that already housed 20,000 square feet of classrooms and offices before the College purchased the 60,000-square-foot facility.

Villa Julie opens the first of three planned suite-style residence buildings that accommodate between three and four students in a mixture of single and double bedrooms, bringing the resident population to nearly 800 students. The College names the residence buildings and community center after valleys in Baltimore County, such as Cromwell Valley and Worthington Valley.

Culminating several years of planning and negotiations, the College agrees to buy the former Baltimore Ravens training facility from the City of Baltimore. The facility, originally built in the late 1970s for the Baltimore Colts, covers 33 acres, including 20 acres of unusable wetlands. The purchase brings Villa Julie’s Owings Mills site to 48 acres. The facility includes two full-sized fields (one of them on artificial turf) suitable for soccer and lacrosse, and one half-sized field. A men’s lacrosse game on April 9 marked the first official contest at the facility.

Building and Unveiling

Kevin Manning, Ph.D., unveils new plans to build a second campus on Owings Mills Boulevard.


Villa Julie opens its first College-owned housing complex. The Owings Mills site has seven residential buildings housing more than 540 students.

The College announces plans to build more housing and an academic building at the Owings Mills site. The next phase of housing is scheduled to open in fall 2005 with an academic center scheduled for a fall 2006 opening. A $2.2 million state grant will help fund the academic center.

Villa Julie joins its first athletic conference, the North East Athletic Conference (NEAC).


Villa Julie unveils plans to build a second campus on Owings Mills Boulevard, starting with the construction of garden-style apartments to house more than 500 students. Construction of the campus, which will also include a community center, will be completed in time for the fall 2004 semester.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies introduces the area’s first accelerated programs for adult students in paralegal, business administration, nursing, and other areas of study.

President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., is selected as one of Maryland’s “Innovators of the Year” by The Daily Record for his introduction of the values-based career planning process of Career ArchitectureSM.


Villa Julie is named as one of the 2002 “Best Values in Education” by the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking for Northern Comprehensive Colleges.

Kevin Manning, Ph.D., brings new energy to Villa Julie's educational mission in 2000 when he starts his tenure as the College's fourth President.


The College’s Partnerships and Student Success (PASS) is one of seven schools nationwide to receive a 2001 Retention Excellence Award from Noel-Levitz. PASS partners freshmen with VJC faculty and staff mentors to help ease the transition into the academic and social environments of college.


Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., assumes his role as Villa Julie’s fourth president. A week of events are held on campus leading up to Inauguration on Saturday, Oct. 28. Dr. Robert Shiller, renowned Yale economist/author speaks to local executives, faculty, staff, and students as part of Inauguration week activities.


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