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Antioch College Hosts “Friday Forum” Panel Discussion on Liberal Arts Colleges March 3

Antioch College will host “The Financial Sustainability of Private Liberal Arts Colleges in the 21st Century,” a panel discussion as part of its “Friday Forum” series, on Fri., Mar. 3 at 7 pm at McGregor Hall, room 113 on the Antioch campus.


Across the country, many small liberal arts colleges have struggled to maintain their viability in the face of declining enrollments and other financial challenges. This event will explore how such institutions can adjust to these realities, and create operating models that will allow them to continue providing a quality educational experience.

Antioch College is among those colleges developing innovative solutions to meet these challenges. “American higher education—which has long been a beacon in the world—must seek its reinvention and Antioch is doing just that,” said College President Tom Manley. “By embracing entrepreneurial opportunities and innovative strategies in its own redesign, the College is stepping forward to lead once again.”

Panelists include:

Tom Manley – President, Antioch College

Manley became President of Antioch College in March 2016. As President of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), he is credited for a turnaround that cemented PNCA’s position as Portland’s most well-rounded, diverse and most established arts institution. Among his milestones at PNCA are a successful brick-and-mortar expansion and cultivation of the largest gift to an arts organization in Oregon’s history.

Before becoming president of PNCA in July 2003, Manley spent 22 years in southern California at the Claremont Colleges—mainly at Pitzer College, a small liberal arts college that emphasizes social justice and social responsibility—where he held a variety of administrative posts and served as a member of the faculty.

Ty Buckman – Professor of English and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Wittenberg University

Professor Buckman currently serves as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the University. His previous administrative appointments include Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Curriculum (2011-14), and Faculty Development Administrator (2005-2011). He has also served on and chaired the Faculty Executive Board and the Budget and Compensation Advisory Committee. He joined the Wittenberg faculty in 1999.

Sean Creighton - President, Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE)

Creighton has served since 2003 as President of the 22-member consortium, which includes Antioch College and Wittenberg. Its mission is “to strengthen the scope, quality and efficiency of learning through cooperative activities and programs.” As the collaborative infrastructure for higher education in southwest Ohio, SOCHE helps colleges and universities transform their communities and economies through the education, employment, and engagement of nearly 200,000 students, and strengthens colleges and universities through local, regional, and national partnerships.

Leo Brandon – Antioch College student, Class of 2017

Angel Nalubega - Antioch College student, Class of 2018

The “Friday Forum” series is a long-standing Antioch College tradition, established by Professor Emeritus Al Denman, in which the College welcomes local and regional experts and thought leaders to join Antioch students, faculty and staff in discussions of major current issues. The series is sponsored by the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom at Antioch College.

The March 3 forum is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 937-767-2341 or email alumni@antiochcollege.edu.