Celia Cook-Huffman

Celia Cook-Huffman
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Manchester alumna, Celia Cook-Huffman, began serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs in March 2020. 

Graduating from Manchester with a bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Cook-Huffman went on to earn her masters in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an interdisciplinary social science doctorate focused on social conflict theory from Syracuse University.

Dr. Cook-Huffman returned to Manchester after 30 years with Juniata College, a small, liberal arts, Brethren-affiliated institution in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.  During her time at Juniata, Cook-Huffman held the W. Clay and Kathryn Burkholder Professorship in Conflict Resolution, teaching in the Peace and Conflict Studies program and serving as the Associate Director for the Baker Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. Her background combines peace studies with specialized training and education in conflict transformation, nonviolence, gender, and mediation.  Her research interests include the impact of social identity on conflict, the relationship between gender issues and conflict, and nonviolent social change.

 Cook-Huffman also directed the Baker Mediation Services, serving as a consultant for both public and private organizations. Her consulting work includes conflict transformation and change management, conflict resolution training, dispute resolution systems design, systems analysis, leadership training, and assessing gender dynamics in conflict. She has worked as a consultant and trainer for over 25 years in workplace, church and educational settings. From 2015-2020 Cook-Huffman served as an Associate Provost at Juniata College, providing administrative oversight and innovative leadership in support of academic success.

Cook-Huffman is excited to have returned to her alma mater as the chief academic officer. To be part of a vibrant educational institution, to partner with our students on their academic and personal journeys, is incredibly rewarding work. She feels honored to be part of Manchester and a community that works to live into the core mission of the University, to graduate students of ability and conviction who respect the infinite worth of every individual.

Celia lives in North Manchester, Ind. with her husband Dan, also a Manchester alum. Her son, Jesse and daughter Grace are both current students at Juniata College.