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Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.

President Manning

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

Kevin J. Manning has completed his 13th year as president of Stevenson University. He 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, Missouri.


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

Leadership Activities

  • Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), Chair, 2013-Present; Executive Committee, Secretary/Treasurer, 2001-2003; Executive Committee, Member-At-Large, 2008-2010; Budget Committee Member and Capital Projects Committee Chair, 2005-2008; and Chair, Task Force on Public Policy, 2002-2003
  • Governor's P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland Member, 2012-Present
  • Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), 2011-2014; Treasurer, NAICU Executive Committee, 2013
  • 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
  • Greater Baltimore Committee, Board of Directors, 2007-Present
  • Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2004-Present
  • Council of Independent Colleges, Presidential Forum Group, 2001-Present
  • Independent College Fund of Maryland (ICFM), Board of Directors, 2000-Present

Previous Activities

  • Baltimore County Executive's Advisory Board of Higher Education, Chair, 2004-2007
  • Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, Vision 2030 Oversight Committee, 2001-2003
  • 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
  • Independent College Fund of Maryland (ICFM), Executive Committee, 2004-2007
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Safety Advisory Board, 2009-2011
  • Leadership Maryland, Class of 2005-2006
  • Maryland Campus Compact, Executive Board, 2009-2012
  • United Way of Central Maryland, Co-Chair, 2009 Campaign; and Board of Directors, 2007-2012

Key Accomplishments (2000 - 2013)

  • Successfully guided Villa Julie College through change to university status and new name
  • Secured years of record enrollment since his arrival
  • Introduced Career ArchitectureSM, a career strategic plan program for students, for which he was recognized as a Maryland Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record in September 2003
  • 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
  • Maintained quality programs while offering one of the lowest private university tuitions in the country ("Best Value" designation, U.S.News & World Report 8/07 and 8/08, "School to Watch" 8/09)
  • Coordinated development of the first faculty governance plan
  • Established formal External Relations and Marketing "image" campaign for the University
  • 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
  • Expanded the Board of Trustees and created the President's Advisory Council
  • Developed a second campus in Owings Mills, transforming the University from a commuter school to a residential one
  • Developed and achieved a campaign goal for the first formal capital campaign strategy for the University
  • Received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in Education in Maryland
  • 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
  • Named a 2011 Influential Marylander by The Daily Record
  • Authored "Toward Curriculum Clarity and Career Connection in Higher Education" (2012), "A National Vision for Higher Education and Career Development" (2012), "Making Career Preparation a Deliberate Process" (2013), and "A Strategic Plan for Student Success: Connecting Liberal Education with Our Global Future" (2013) The Huffington Post; and "Is higher education leading to gainful employment," The Baltimore Sun (2010)

Professional Presentations

  • Visionary Leadership in the 21st Century, The Oxford Roundtable, July 2006
  • Using Technology to Reshape Educational Delivery, CIC President's Institute, January 2011
  • Higher Education Today: Change and Challenge, The Lecture Group, November 2011
  • Higher Education Today: Change and Challenge, DLA Piper, December 2011
  • The Role of the President in Enrollment Management, CIC Presidents Institute, January 2012
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Digital Communication in Higher Education, NAICU Public Relations Academy, January 2012
  • Creating a Future for Higher Education, Wheeling Jesuit University Board of Trustees Retreat, March 2012
  • The Future of Higher Education, MICUA Presidents' Workshop, November 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


Dr. Manning and his wife, Sara, reside in the 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.

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