Jonathan Peri

Jonathan Peri

President

    Education

  • Ph.D. Organizational leadership-education concentration Eastern University
  • J.D. Law Widener University School of Law
  • B.A. Theology Villanova University

Publications

Select Publications:

Peri, J. (2017). Non-traditional pathways to the presidency in U. S. higher education: A collective-case study. Eastern University Doctoral Dissertation.

Peri, J. & Suprenant, M. (2014). Department of Defense launches online education complaint system.
Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

Peri, J. & Suprenant, M. (2014). University trustees not “Obligated Persons” under Dodd-Frank.
Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and republished by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Peri, J. (2008). The Wisdom of Employed General Counsel in Higher Education. 18 Widener L.J. 191.

Peri, J. (2006). Direct to consumer advertising review reprioritized by FDA. WHIM publication, Saul
Ewing LLP.

Antzis, D. S. & Peri, J. (2005). Pending legislation on new FDA drug safety board & clinical trial
registry. WHIM publication, Saul Ewing LLP.

Dr. Peri has also been invited to or organized almost 50 presentations on higher education leadership, leadership, higher education law and finance, political science, politics, law and U.S. courts, and other matters within his fields of discipline.

    Background

  • President Manor College 2015-Present
  • Vice President and General Counsel Neumann University 2006-2015
  • Adjunct Professor Eastern University 2012-2016
  • Adjunct Professor Widener University 2013-2014
  • Intensive Trial Advocacy Program- Guest Lecturer Widener University- Delaware Campus 2004-2006
  • Litigation Department Associate Saul Ewing LLP 2004-2006
  • Adjunct Professor Pennsylvania State University- Brandywine 2003
  • Adjunct Professor Delaware County Community College 2002
  • Special Prosecutor Delaware County District Attorney's Office (Pennsylvania) 2006-2007
  • Press Secretary and Grant Planner Delaware County District Attorney's Office (Pennsylvania) 2005-2006
  • Assistant District Attorney Delaware County District Attorney's Office (Pennsylvania) 2001-2004

Personal Interests

Gardening, nonprofit volunteering

All the Rest

Jonathan Peri is the President of Manor College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Since Peri became President in 2015, the college has ascended in the key attributes that students and parents seek: affordability, access, educational quality, career readiness, and safety. As evidence of this, Manor College became the Best Priced Two Year Catholic College in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Manor also makes college accessible because 97% of its students receive financial aid and scholarships; 12% more than the national average. Manor’s excellent educational quality is evidenced by the individualized attention students receive with a four-year average student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. Because of this depth of opportunity for guidance and mentorship from faculty, the college has a higher than national average graduation rate and a higher starting salary ranking on the National College Scorecard. In 2017, Manor College scored highest out of area colleges included in a new study that measures colleges’ roles in intergenerational mobility, calculating the percentage of students who transition from lower to higher income brackets.  Additionally, Manor College has been named the safest college in Pennsylvania by multiple sources.

Peri’s philosophy is that mission comes first, but without proper resources, mission cannot thrive. Therefore, his approach is fiscally conservative and he seeks out opportunities for institutional development and planned growth. To this end he has led dramatic changes to Manor’s campus, from updating facilities without creating new costs or debt, such as the renovation of the campus library, to rebranding the college’s logo, tagline, athletics logo, and completely resetting the college’s website to be new, fresh, and mobile friendly in an age where many students are completing at least some of their college applications from their mobile devices.

Peri leads and is engaged with many community boards, especially educational. He may be the only current gubernatorial and senatorial appointee to three different state educational boards, including Pennsylvania’s Board of Education and its Council on Higher Education. He is one of three members of the Board of Education’s committee that effectively accredits the accreditors, such as Middle States.

Prior to serving as Manor College’s president, Peri was the Vice President and General Counsel at Neumann University for ten years. He served on the Executive Team and was involved in most major institutional decisions and strategic planning. He was faculty ranked as Assistant Professor at Neumann and developed and taught courses through the Ph.D. level at Eastern University. He also led Neumann’s Center for Leadership speakers series, presenting pervasively in areas of leadership, governance and higher education. Prior to Neumann, Peri was an attorney with a large regional law firm, a special prosecutor, an assistant prosecutor, and in private practice. He is past president of the 1,200 member Delaware County Bar Association.

He has written several published articles and is currently working on dissertation research. He graduated from Villanova University, Widener University – Delaware Law School, and will have a second doctoral degree upon completion of Eastern University’s Organizational Leadership Ph.D. program – education concentration. Peri has received numerous community awards and accolades, including UDCOC’s Person of the Year and Widener’s Outstanding Service Award.

Honors, Distinctions, Awards, and Peer Reviews

  • Outstanding Service Award, 2015: Widener University School of Law.
  • Person of the Year Award, 2012: From the Upper Darby Community Outreach Corporation.
  • Martindale Hubble, “AV/5.0/5.0” (Peer Review) Rating- September 2012-Present.
  • Martindale Hubble, “BV” (Peer Review for Age) Rating- July 2007-September 2012.
  • Philadelphia Magazine, November 2009: Listed in the Influential Philadelphia Area Lawyers section.
  • Main Line Today Magazine, August 2009: Listed as a Top Lawyer on the Main Line of Philadelphia.
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine – Rising Stars Edition, Listed in 2008 Rising Stars edition.
  • Grier Fellow Scholarship Recipient, May 2008: (NACUA).
  • President’s Special Recognition, 2009: Corporate Counsel Committee Chair of the Delaware County Bar.
  • Outstanding Student Service Award, 2000: Widener University School of Law.

 Community Participation 

  • Trustee, 2016-Present, Archbishop Ryan High School
  • Member, 2010- Present, Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Council on Higher Education
  • Member, July 2014-Present, Pennsylvania Charter School Appeal Board.
  • Member, March 2009-Present, Pennsylvania State Tuition Account Programs (529) Advisory Board.
  • Member, October 2016-Present, Ray Custer Scholarship Fund Committee.
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, April 2012-Present, The Walden School
  • Board Secretary & Trustee Committee Chairman, April 2012-November 2016, Drexel Neumann Academy
  • Founding Chairman 0f the Delaware County, Pennsylvania Chapter, Widener University School of Law Alumni Board
  • President of the Board, January 2014-January 2015, The Delaware County Bar Association
  • President of the Board, March 2007-December 2009, The Upper Darby Community Outreach Corporation
  • Committee Member, Youth Services, July 2013- July 2016: Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
  • Finance Committee of the Board Member, February 2010-November 2016: Chester Higher Education Council.
  • Committee Member, 2009-2010: YMCA Rocky Run Marketing Committee.
  • Member, 2010-2013: NACUANOTES Editorial Board; National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).
  • Member, 2008-2009: Committee on Membership & Member Services (NACUA).
  • Board Secretary, Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Executive Commission, February 2008- June 2009.
  • Board Member, Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Executive Commission, September 2007-April 2010.
  • Administrative Member, August 2006-2008: South Media Fire Company #1, Station 51.
  • Committee Member, 2005-2009: Pennsylvania Bar Association, Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
  • Committee Member, September 2008- Present: Citizens Crime Commission and Delaware Valley.
  • Council Member, 2004-2007: Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences Advisory Council.
  • Volunteer, 2004-2006: Philadelphia Reads Program.
  • Advisory Committee Member, 2004-2005: PA Route 322 Advisory Committee.
  • Business Member, 2003-2005: Bethel Township Fire Company.
  • Township Parks & Recreations Board Member, 2003-2004: Bethel Township.