Worth repeating: Manchester is “a great place to work for”

2014 Great Colleges to Work ForManchester University is one of only two universities in Indiana among those listed as “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, which polled more than 43,500 employees for its annual report.

This is the fifth year in a row the University in northern Indiana has been recognized as being one of the best places to work. The Great Colleges listing is based on a survey of employees at 278 colleges and universities.

Manchester University ranked highly in two survey categories:

  • Confidence in Senior Leadership: Leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the college.

  • Collaborative Governance: Faculty members play significant roles in decisions related to academic programs.

“Manchester is the only smaller university in Indiana to make the list,” said Melanie Harmon, Executive Director of Development at the University. The University of Notre Dame is also on the list.

Harmon credits the Manchester senior leadership, which “makes you feel valued and appreciated.” She said they consistently provide opportunities for input – whether it’s in hiring, curriculum changes or establishing new policies. Manchester University is a great place to work.

The University is going through a seamless transition of leadership during its 125th year, as President Jo Young Switzer stepped down this spring and third-generation graduate Dave McFadden took the reins.

During Switzer’s tenure, the University increased enrollment 25 percent, added a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program on a new Fort Wayne campus and launched the Students First! Campaign, which raised more than $108 million.

A lifetime Spartan with more than 20 years of service in leadership at Manchester, McFadden spearheaded the process of establishing the Pharmacy program and continuing the University’s mission of “graduating persons of ability and conviction.”

Created in 2008, The Chronicle’s survey results are based on a two-part analysis: an institutional audit of demographics and workplace policies; and a survey of faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor was employee feedback.

For more about “Great Colleges to Work For” -- one of the largest and most respected workplace recognitions in the nation -- and to view all results of the survey, visit chronicle.com.


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