Dr. Marc Minnick Named Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Manor College is pleased to announce that Marc D. Minnick, DBA, has been named Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Minnick most recently served as Senior Dean for Academic Affairs and as Dean of the Business and Technology division at Manor College and has been a longstanding part of Manor’s community. He has also taught for Goldey Beacom College, Lebanon Valley College, Widener International Study Centre, Valley Forge Military College, and for the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. He is a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and has presented at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) National Conference in 2018. “Dr. Minnick’s career of leadership including Manor’s Faculty Senate, leadership of the Division of Business and Technology, leadership in the classroom, and leadership in industry, position him perfectly for the Vice Presidency – Provost role” said Manor College’s President, Dr. Jonathan Peri. “Marc is focused on our students and their success, and he’s focused on excellence and transparency in communicating with our community about academic affairs. He is going to do well.” Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Minnick worked in industry as the Chief Operating Officer for Advanced Enviro Systems, as Assistant Vice President for Acre Mortgage and Financial, Inc, and as Vice President for Sunset Mortgage Company, LP. Dr. Minnick earned his Doctor of Business Administration from Wilmington University, his MBA in Leadership Development and International Focus from St. Joseph’s University, and his dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Organizational Dynamics and Human Performance Management from Immaculata University. “I am truly honored and humbled to accept this position at Manor. Since joining Manor College, I have known I belong,” stated Dr. Minnick. “Manor College has a strong foundation! I look forward to building on this foundation with Manor’s faculty, leadership, and staff. Over the past three years, we’ve had such exciting growth. We anticipate that trend to continue and I’m proud that I will help to lead Manor to fulfill its ambitious vision for the future.” For more information, contact Heather Dotchel at hdotchel@manor.edu or 215-885-2360, x237. ### About Manor College: Located in suburban Philadelphia, Manor College is a small college that offers big opportunities and a stellar education–one with small classes full of big thinkers and a big-hearted community ready to challenge all of our students to reach and grow. Manor offers more than 50 Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Certificate programs in Allied Health, Arts and Sciences, Business and Technology, and Educational and Professional Studies to traditional age and adult students. Manor is America’s only accredited institution of higher education founded by Ukrainian Sisters, the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great. Learn more at www.manor.edu

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 LearnHowToBecome.org, 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.

Dr. Matt Smalarz Awarded as 2017 Educator of the Year

Professor of History, Dr. Matt Smalarz named the 2017 Educator of the Year! At the 14th Annual Founders Day celebration, the Student Body of Manor College awarded Dr. Matthew Smalarz with the Educator of the Year Award. This award is a student nominated award where the students hand in nominations about their beloved professors and upon careful review from the Student Senate, an Educator of the Year is picked. This year, Professor of History, Dr. Smalarz was awarded this honor. One student said “is extremely helpful and cares about our education.”   A professor who “is a tough professor but his lessons are very detailed.” Another student commented saying, “He makes sure everyone in the class knows what they are supposed to be learning and goes at the pace of class. He always responds when you need him and he is good with explaining lessons.” His love of teaching and patience is evidenced by this award, “(He is) very professional! Each class he is excited and prepared. Most people in the class, on our first test, were very worried that we were not prepared but after the test we all passed! He puts the material in our heads and we all talk about how he really makes sure we know our material.” This past September marked 4 years of teaching at Manor for this professor and he is highly respected by his colleagues, who describe him as someone who goes “above and beyond his job” and who is a “great guy”.  This professor is also the Chaplain for the Manor College Men’s Soccer team and he volunteered his personal time to attend every practice and game to show students the that there is more to athletics than athletics…he showed them the spiritual side. It is rumored that he has an impressive collection of vintage major league baseball hats (along with minor league teams) and that if he had the chance, he would front a rock band!