Manley has been president of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore., since 2003. He also has held administrative posts at Pitzer College in California.
More than 200 candidates applied for the job, according to Antioch, which is located in the Greene County village of Yellow Springs.
“He is compatible with Antioch College values and traditions, and I am convinced he is the right person to lead Antioch into a new era,” said presidential search committee chairman Malte von Matthiessen.
Manley said Antioch’s history and vision attracted him to the job.
“The college’s start-up mentality, focus on entrepreneurial solutions, and willingness to problem-solve ecosystem level questions are instinctively correct,” he said. “American higher education — which has long been a beacon in the world — must seek reinvention and I am among those who believe Antioch is doing just that.”
Antioch touts itself as having been the only liberal arts college in the country with a required work component for more than 100 years.
Frances Horowitz, chairwoman of the college’s board of trustees, said Manley has a record of being “thoughtful, constructive, creative, innovative and successful.”
“The Board of Trustees looks forward to working with him to foster the continued growth of Antioch, to expand our sources of revenue, to pursue the idea of the Antioch College Village (an exploratory multigenerational housing project on campus), and to explore the feasibility of other entrepreneurial opportunities,” Horowitz said.
According to Antioch, more than 8,000 people have provided donations totaling nearly $80 million since 2009.
“While there have been better-resourced colleges, certainly, none that I know of has been braver and more steadfast over time in delivering a liberal arts education aimed so squarely at making a difference in the world,” Manley said.
Manley is a native of Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Towson University before earning a master’s degree in Asian Studies and a Doctorate of Education from the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif.
He is married to Susanne Hashim and they have a daughter. Manley also has a son, a stepdaughter and stepson.
Andi Adkins, vice president for finance and operations, will serve as interim president beginning in January.