Manley to become president emeritus at Antioch College

Thomas Manley has announced plans to retire from Antioch College on Dec. 1, 2020. CONTRIBUTED
Thomas Manley has announced plans to retire from Antioch College on Dec. 1, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Tom Manley will become the president emeritus of Antioch College on Dec. 1 for health reasons.

Manley has been monitoring a recurrence of prostate cancer, Antioch College said in a statement.

“After evaluating the medical options and consulting with his family, he has decided to seek a combination treatment involving both hormone and radiation therapy, which is likely to last six months or more,” the statement said.

Manley will be, “actively working on high-level initiatives related to the Antioch College Works program and fundraising for the remainder of his tenure,” the college said. Manley previously announced in August he would retire in June.

The college said president emeritus holds the same teaching and research privileges as a retired member of the faculty and the title is permanent and honorary.

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Manley began his tenure as president in March 2016 after serving as president of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore., for 12 years.

“It’s remarkable just how quickly the last four and half years have gone,” he said. “It’s an honor to be at Antioch College each day, amidst such rich history and at a time when its bold, big-picture thinking, embodied in programs like Antioch College Works, is vitally needed in higher education.”

When Manley arrived at the college, Antioch was facing a $7 million budget shortfall and the new president needed to begin a process of “curricular innovation that would distinguish the college.”

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“Under his guidance, Antioch has articulated a vision for a new kind of college — a college of action — where students own their education, learn experientially and act for justice,” according to the news release from the college announcing Manley’s retirement.

The Antioch board of trustees said it will announce a presidential transition plan at a later date.

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