Governor Wolf Appoints Jonathan Peri, Ph.D., J.D., as New Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Council

Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today congratulated Dr. Jonathan Peri on his appointment as Chair of the State Board of Education’s Council of Higher Education. Peri, President of Manor College, has served on the board since 2010 and was first appointed by Governor Rendell.  Governor Tom Wolf appointed President Peri council chair earlier this week. “Mr. Peri has a long history in education and has dedicated himself to many charitable endeavors over the years,” said Secretary Rivera. “I have no doubt that his experience and knowledge will help guide both the council and the board as they embark on the important work of shaping education in the commonwealth.” Just last week, President Peri made three big announcements that has Manor’s campus and community buzzing with excitement.  Starting in fall 2018, Manor College will offer two Bachelor degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology and Practice Management, and the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (pending Middle States approval).  The B.A. has five concentration options.  Peri’s second announcement was a special $2,000 tuition rate discount for all students enrolling in either of these new programs, called the “Basil Guarantee.”  The Basil Guarantee essentially takes the approach that tuition costs go down over the course of the program.  This is in sharp contrast to the model of most colleges and stands to support the state’s college degree attainment goals leading up to 2025. Peri’s third announcement was that Manor College is freezing its tuition for the 2018/2019 year as a symbol of its commitment to the community and to further address the national call for keeping tuition within reach.  Already one of the best priced private colleges in Pennsylvania, Manor’s President Peri touted the college’s 10:1 student-teacher ratio, and higher than national average graduation rate and starting salaries. In addition to his service on the State Board of Education, President Peri may be the only person in Pennsylvania history to serve on three education related boards simultaneously.  He is also a member of the state’s Charter School Appeal Board and the Pennsylvania State Tuition Account Programs (529) Advisory Board.  Additionally, he is the Board Chairman of The Walden School in Media and the Interim Board Chairman of the largest Catholic high school in Philadelphia, Archbishop Ryan. “Governor Wolf and Secretary Rivera have been working hard to ensure that Pennsylvania’s students are provided the keys for learning.  As such, their support for academic success is felt at Manor College and institutions across the commonwealth” said Peri, “So it’s a pleasure to serve when the leaders around you are authentic.” President Peri graduated from Villanova University and Widener University – Delaware Law School.  He recently completed the Organizational Leadership doctoral program at Eastern University.  This makes him one in approximately .00054% of people globally admitted to practice law and having earned the J.D. and the Ph.D.

Manor College Alumni Association Elects 2018 Executive Board Members

On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 the Manor College Alumni Association elected a new executive board at its regular business meeting. Those in attendance also officially adopted Alumni Association bylaws, effective immediately, formalizing the organization which began less than two years ago as a conversation between a Manor alumnus and the newly-arrived Manor College president, Jonathan Peri.   Alumni Association president, Brendan Gillespie (BSL ’11), started that conversation with President Peri following graduation in May 2016 and began the work to recruit other alumni to join the alumni association effort. “The purpose of the Manor College Alumni Association is to connect alumni back to Manor College so we can support fellow alumni, faculty, and students as we all pursue professional success and community service. It’s great to see that more alumni are giving back by attending our meetings and events, donating to fundraising initiatives, and stepping up to leadership positions within our ranks.  We’re all looking forward to seeing Manor alumni at our upcoming activities.”  Gillespie graduated from Manor College with an associate’s degree in accounting before continuing on to Saint Joseph’s University. He now works as a Pre-sales Solution Engineer at SAP. His term runs through June 2020. Vice President, Beverly Bisaccia (AH ’03) and Secretary, Mary Jo Bell (BSL ’15), have also been active participants since the start of the Alumni Association. Bisaccia is an Instructor and Education Coordinator at Manor College for the Veterinary Nursing programs, having returned to teach at Manor 10 years ago after starting her career in veterinary technology. Bisaccia is currently working towards a master’s degree at Villanova University. Her term will end June 2019.  Bell, received her Paralegal Certificate from Manor College before continuing her studies at Temple University and works in the legal field. Bell’s term will end in June 2020. Treasurer, Trevor O’Neill (BSL ’13) graduated from Manor College with a degree in accounting. O’Neill spent time working in the accounting field before returning to school at La Salle University, where he is currently studying. According to O’Neill, it took him returning to school to really appreciate where he came from. Now he is looking to contribute and better serve the Alumni community at Manor College. O’Neill’s term will end in June 2019. Manor College president, Jonathan Peri, is elated to see the progress the alumni association has made.  “We are thrilled to see our Manor alumni making positive connections and contributions on our campus and in our community. We can’t wait to see what’s next as they step into a new year with a new executive board.” The newly appointed executive board positions are effective immediately. Looking to get involved with the Manor College Alumni Association? Visit our website for more information on events, volunteer opportunities and more!

Soar in 4: Manor College Launching Bachelor Degree Programs

Yes, the rumors are true – Manor College is launching TWO bachelor degree programs this Fall and we can’t wait to tell you more!  All are invited to join the Manor College community for Soar in 4: Launch and Ice Cream Party on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:30pm. Come out to the Basileiad Library on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:30pm. Come to Soar in 4 and enjoy: a FREE ice cream sundae and dessert bar Learn about what new bachelor degree programs are starting this Fall Get your questions answered during a FAQ Panel Discussion Hear about a special (limited time offer) tuition discount Hear a SURPRISE announcement from President Peri (trust us, you don’t want to miss this!) Want more information about Bachelor degree programs at Manor? Fill out this form! Loading…

Manor College hires Dr. Calandra D. Lockhart as its next Vice President of Academic Affairs

A Christian servant leader with extensive experience in academic affairs and excellently preparing educators, Dr. Lockhart is eager and ready to lead the way at Manor College. Manor College is pleased to announce today that after a half-year long national search, its next Vice President of Academic Affairs is Calandra D. Lockhart, Ph.D. Dr. Lockhart previously served as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Division of Education at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. In her role at Wiley College, Dr. Lockhart was responsible for supervising all academic divisions and departments, overseeing grant projects, training faculty, reviewing academic program viability and implementing dual enrollment plans for local k-12 school districts. Dr. Lockhart’s experience in higher education academic leadership runs deep. She served as the Chair of the Education Department and as Associate Professor at the University of Charleston. She also served as the first Director of the Special Education at Alverno College. While at Charleston and Alverno, her scholarly interests led to research, publications, and professional development trainings and workshops concerning cultural competence, culturally responsive teaching, teacher preparedness, and disability services. “Dr. Lockhart is exactly the academic leader we’ve been seeking. She’s exceptionally well credentialed and published” said Manor College’s President Jonathan Peri, “but as important in today’s competitive higher education environment, she’s entrepreneurial.  She’s led as many grant projects as some development executives. So we’re excited about Calandra joining our team. Plus, she’s such a joy. We’re confident she will be a mission-mindful leader on Manor’s campus.” Dr. Lockhart has vast experience in the field of education, particularly in special education. At Valdosta State University, Dr. Lockhart was the Field Experience Coordinator for Special Education and Assistant Professor’ in the College of Education. She also conducted research concerning pre-service providers’ (teacher and speech pathologist candidates) perceptions of preparedness to work with ethnically diverse populations while at Valdosta State. Dr. Lockhart’s professional experiences include Mercer University, where she was the Coordinator of Student Relations, Retention, and Recruitment and Assistant Professor in the Tift College of Education. Dr. Lockhart has worked with students in elementary and middle schools as well. She has taught students in full inclusion classrooms, early intervention classrooms, and special education centers (most restrictive placements). She has expertise working with varying degrees and levels of needs: Talented and Gifted, Developmental Disabilities, Severe Emotional Behavior Disorders, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities/Cognitive Impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, English Speakers of Other Languages/English Language Learners (ESOL/ELL), and Language Delays. Dr. Lockhart earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Auburn University, earned her Masters of Education from Auburn University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education, from Troy University. Dr. Lockhart will be relocating from Texas to the great tri-state area where the move is a clear one for Lockhart, who finds herself in a land of opportunity at Manor College. In the last two years, Manor College has been making such incredible progress that later this month, it will be making a major announcement about BRAND NEW bachelor degree programs. Manor continues to attract top talent like Dr. Lockhart because it recently was named the Top Five Best Two Year Colleges in Pennsylvania by, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information. Manor is the best priced-private Catholic college in Pennsylvania and has been recognized as the safest college in Pennsylvania. Manor College is eager to welcome Dr. Lockhart to campus, and wishes her great success and many blessings. Manor also wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. David Greenhalgh, who has served as the Interim VPAA since July and brought a warm and welcoming presence to campus.

President Jonathan Peri Successfully Defends Dissertation Earning Second Doctoral Degree

President of Manor College in Jenkintown, PA, Jonathan Peri, has successfully defended his 250 page dissertation titled, “Non-Traditional Pathways to the Presidency in U.S. Higher Education: A Collective Case Study” from Eastern University.  Previously, President Peri received his Juris Doctorate (doctor of laws) from Widener University and his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Villanova University.  While graduation ceremonies at Eastern University are upcoming in May, Dr. Peri has completed all necessary steps and may use the Ph.D. designation.  His doctoral discipline is formally titled as: Organizational Leadership with an Education Concentration. While having two doctoral degrees is incredibly rare, we believe the probability of someone having a Ph.D. and a J.D. is even more rare. Thanks to verification from one of Manor College’s recently retired  mathematics professors, Manor’s Marketing Office was able to calculate just how rare President Peri’s achievements are.  We believe the global likelihood of someone being a Ph.D. and an attorney with a J.D. is 0.00054% of people. These numbers are, of course, estimates.  Some reliability is present, but there is very limited data known about double-doctors.  This may be another reason why President Peri is a true pioneer in higher education leadership.  He is setting a great example for Manor’s students to achieve remarkable goals in their own lives.   Dr. Robert Duffet, President of Eastern University said, “Dr. Peri wrote and defended an excellent PhD thesis in Eastern University‘s competitive Organizational Leadership PhD program. Consistent with his leadership experience and talent he brought together organizational effectiveness and leadership with the larger issues of values, accessibility and quality education. Dr. Peri demonstrated in his research what he did at Neumann University and also in his first years as president at Manor College. Eastern University is proud! Dr. Peri is our alumnus and I appreciate him as a presidential colleague in Faith based private higher education in Pennsylvania.” Congratulations President Peri, the entire Manor family is incredibly proud of you!