News - Dr. V. James Mannoia, Jr., Tenth President of Greenville College Receives Presidential Emeritus Status

Dr. V. James Mannoia, Jr., Tenth President of Greenville College Receives Presidential Emeritus Status

Dr. V. James Mannoia, Jr., Tenth President of Greenville College Receives Presidential Emeritus Status

During their May, 2010 meetings the Greenville College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to award Dr. V. James Mannoia, Jr. Presidential Emeritus status. According to Board Chair, Rebecca Smith, "Great strides were made with Jim during his years on campus through the adult learning partnerships, as well as experiencing growth in our enrollment. Another significant area was to increase the College's financial stability. I count it a distinct pleasure to have worked with him on a Board level and his contributions to the College were greatly appreciated."

Dr. Mannoia assumed the presidency of Greenville College on January 1, 1999 and retired from his nine year post on June 30, 2008. During his tenure, Mannoia maintained a consistent focus on the value of transformation made possible through a quality Christian liberal arts education. He sharpened the college's vision for the "liberating arts," tightened financial systems, and enhanced campus curb appeal. He also saw during his tenure the following new buildings and projects come to fruition: Blankenship Apartments, Dietzman Center, Mannoia Hall, Oak Street Residence Hall, Briner Center, Whitlock Music Center, Tidball Alumni House, Ganton Circle Project, Claussen Plaza/Page Circle Project, Maves Art Gallery Project and the White Environmental Center to name a few.

While at GC, Mannoia helped shape the COR general education curriculum, and assisted in the creation of masters programs in Education and Teaching, as well as the Undergraduate Teacher Education Partnership with nearby Lewis and Clark College and Kaskaskia College. Mannoia also championed the development of the "Greenville in Africa" off-campus semester experience in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Mannoia's investment in students extended beyond traditional expectations of a college president. He engaged students in the classroom as lead instructor for COR 401, the senior capstone course, in the dorms for late night "Fireside Chats," in regular meetings with GC Student Association presidents and cabinet members, at multiple sporting events, and on Scott Field in between classes and meetings.

Dr. V. James Mannoia, Jr. now serves as the Senior Fellow for International Development for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). He also is an Independent Consultant in Higher Education and part-time Professor at Old Dominion University & Regent University. Dr. Mannoia resides in Virginia Beach, VA.

 

This story was published on September 27, 2010




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