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Antioch College President Tom Manley is leaving his position next June, at the end of his five-year contract. He has served since March 1, 2016, and is pictured here speaking to students during the college's FACT brainstorming sessions in 2016. (Submitted photo by Erin Cole)

Tom Manley to leave Antioch College in June of 2021

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President Tom Manley’s fifth year at Antioch College will be his last. Antioch announced this week that Manley plans to leave his position at the end of his five-year contract next June. A search for his replacement will begin this fall.

In an interview on Monday, Manley said his planned departure is not in response to any specific factors, but reflects “lots of deliberation and conversation with the board over the spring.” 

Board of Trustees Chair Maureen Lynch said the college is grateful for Manley’s service, and added in an email that his leadership has helped stabilize the college and clarify a vision for its future.

“Tom’s leadership has prepared us to weather the storms and facilitated a clear path for the next chapter of Antioch’s life,” she wrote.

A press release this week from Antioch announcing Manley’s planned departure identifies a range of contributions in areas that include shared governance and diversity and inclusion.

“He has championed the notion of college and university campuses as anchors of resilience for their communities, and actively sought to further Antioch’s historic commitment to shared governance, social justice and educational equity. During his presidency, diversity in the administration and on the Board has increased, and, despite budget reductions, positions to better support diversity, equity and inclusion programming have been created,” the release states.

Asked why the college was announcing Manley’s departure almost a year ahead of the end of his contract, Lynch said such timing was typical, as it can take six months or more to conduct a presidential search.

Manley is the second president of the relaunched Antioch. He was hired after a nationwide search in November of 2015 to replace Mark Roosevelt, and has served since March 1, 2016. Manley will leave the presidency on June 30, 2021, when his five-year contract with the college expires. He previously served as president of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore., and in teaching and administrative positions at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.

A more in-depth story will appear in the Aug. 6 issue of the News.

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