IWU Names New VP of Academic Affairs

IWU Names New VP of Academic Affairs

After an extensive search, Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) has promoted Mike Manning to vice president of academic affairs for the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS).

Manning had previously served as dean of the School of Service and Leadership since April 2014. In his new role, Manning oversees four academic units: the School of Service and Leadership, the DeVoe School of Business, the School of Educational Leadership and the Division of Liberal Arts.

“Dr. Manning brings with him considerable experience in numerous aspects of CAPS,” said Stacy Hammons, Ph.D., university provost and chief academic officer. “I look forward to him joining the university’s senior academic leadership team, and I know he will have a great impact on how we serve our students.”

IWU-National & Global’s College of Adult and Professional Studies offers degree programs for adult students at IWU’s 15 education centers as well as additional learning sites in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Most of these programs are also available online, making certificates as well as undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees available to students throughout the United States and around the world.

“I am passionate about equipping faculty to provide excellent curriculum and instruction,” Manning said. “We are honored to come alongside students to help them reach lifelong academic goals. With connected and engaged faculty, we can meet the needs of students by providing outstanding learning experiences from a distinctively Christian perspective.”

During his tenure as dean of the School of Service and Leadership, Manning oversaw great growth. He helped to create, develop and implement five new academic programs, two new specializations, and he reimagined start projections for graduate programs. These efforts resulted in increased enrollment in the School of Service and Leadership from just over 900 students in 2014 to 1800-plus students in 2018.

After joining IWU in November 2000 as coordinator of faculty recruitment, Manning moved to positions of increasing experience throughout the years. Prior to becoming dean, Manning held a number of positions, including serving as IWU’s interim chair of the Department of Leadership Studies at the School of Service and Leadership; and the interim associate dean of IWU’s DeVoe School of Business.

Manning graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sterling College in 1988 and a Master of Science in Physical Education from Arkansas State University in 1996. In 2009, he earned a Master of Arts in Advanced Leadership Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University and received his Doctorate of Education with an emphasis on organizational leadership from IWU in 2010.

Manning received the President’s Award for Meritorious Service from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2016 and a Lily Grant in 2009 for program effectiveness research. He also received the Project Leadership – Mentor of the Year honor for the 2008-09 school year.

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