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President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., Announces Plan to Retire in 2017

Kevin Manning

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

Dear Stevenson University Community,

Following a difficult decision-making process, I have decided to retire in June 2017. It has been a real honor for me to serve the Stevenson community including the board, cabinet, deans, faculty, and staff.  However, it has been a special honor to see our students grow and evolve while at Stevenson for the past 16 years.
To be honest, I really do not want to retire.  At some point, however, timing becomes as important as leading.  With the present complexity of Stevenson, exiting at the proper time becomes essential. Each week, opportunities present themselves to Stevenson, and these opportunities are a challenge without long-term leadership. So, before this situation becomes a problem, now is the right time to mount a national search for a new president. 
Although concern about ongoing work is understandable, the careful execution of projects will move forward.  All programs will continue either under the current leadership or future leadership. The diversity initiative will be developed.  The completion of the academic center and the boardwalk, and the final execution of Rosewood will also be completed. In addition, the emphasis on program expansion, retention, career services, and athletic leadership will all move ahead. 
When I think of all of the things we have accomplished together, I am aware of how special you all were in forming the Stevenson team.  From the help of the Board of Trustees to the involvement of our teams and our student groups, I am so proud of the work we have done, and we have done it together.  I am especially grateful to the President’s Cabinet.  Their contributions have been many and they made a difference for all of us.
There is, of course, the natural credit presidents receive for university success.  However, I have never been confused about how this miracle has been created.  It has always been the result of what we have done together.  I have been humbled by our successes.
As the year progresses, I will have much more to say about our future and the presidential search. We are all concerned about the quality of the search process.  Having discussed this issue with Jim Stradtner, Board Chair, I am convinced he and the Board are as interested in the outcome as the campus community.  The entire Stevenson Board is deeply committed to finding visionary leadership in the tradition of our history.  The creation of Stevenson University has been an exciting journey.
The chair of the Stevenson Board along with the Executive Committee will engage a national search firm, create a search committee, and develop a search strategy.  Specific details will be shared with the Stevenson community soon.  I will assist in any way necessary. Thank you all for sharing in the vision.  I am very proud of all that we have accomplished on behalf of our students over the past 16 years.  Thank you for your friendship and support and for caring so much for our Stevenson students.  It has been a terrific and rewarding 16 years.


Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.


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