President Tom Manley

Photo by Matthew Miller ‘11

“Our new campus is a dynamic platform for 21st century art and design education. Creativity is the world’s most powerful, sustainable resource. To meet the world’s fierce challenges, we need creative thinking, now more than ever. PNCA fosters that thinking in hundreds of young people every day.”

The President’s Voice

Interview with Tom Manley in About Face magazine
“PNCA is 106 years old. It has always been a generative force around the arts landscape in Portland. It would be hard to imagine what the visual arts – what the Portland Art Museum – would be like without PNCA.”

President Tom Manley on our most powerful human resource: creativity.
The President interviewed on Speaking Freely, the public affairs program of 101.9 KINK.FM. October 5, 2014

Giving Good Weight: Building Relationships for a Resilient World
Introductory Remarks by Tom Manley at PNCA’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Why Making Matters
An op-ed in The Oregonian on the occasion of the Obama White House’s hosting its first Maker Faire

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Tom Manley is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in East Asian History and Education from Towson University. He earned his Masters in Asian Studies and a Doctorate in Education from the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

Before becoming president of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in July 2003, Dr. Manley spent 22 years at the Claremont Colleges, mainly at Pitzer College, where he held a variety of administrative posts and served as a member of the faculty. He was instrumental in developing Pitzer’s nationally prominent study abroad program, including sites in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Turkey, Venezuela, Wales and Southern Africa.

A specialist on Japan, he served as a scholar in residence at a women’s college outside of Osaka and later helped to write the curriculum for an American style liberal arts college, the first of its kind to be accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

In addition to his study of Japan, Dr. Manley has written and presented on a variety of subjects related to international, intercultural and language education. He has also developed a number of cross-cultural and language learning innovations, including a highly praised portfolio journal system, known as the Fieldbook.

A student of poetry and a lover of food, Tom Manley is married to Susanne Hashim and they have a young daughter named Chedin. Tom also has a son, Dashiell, a step-daughter, Karina, and a step-son, Johan.

Additional Remarks

Bright Lights: Tom Manley and Brad Cloepfil
2011 Commencement Address
Western Museums Association Portland 2010: Museums as Gifts to Universities
2009 Centennial Commencement Address: Tom Manley