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Manchester College search committee

 calls for applicants for 14th president

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Feb. 2, 2004) – Manchester College has opened its search for its 14th president, with nationwide advertising and a call for nominations and applications. The profile of the perfect applicants contains no surprises: Manchester wants another leader dedicated to academic excellence, a motivator, and a keen fund-raiser with college financial savvy and an appreciation for the college’s Church of the Brethren heritage.

It is anticipated a successful search will allow the new president of the 1,170-student northeast Indiana liberal arts college to take office on July 1, 2005. Current President Parker G. Marden will retire on June 30, 2005, completing 11 years of remarkable academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, fund-raising, campus diversity and enrollment stability, even during difficult economic times.

Conducting the search is a 15-member committee of college trustees and faculty, plus representatives from the students, administrators, staff, alumni, students and the Wabash County community. The deadline for nominations is March 15; with an April 1 deadline for applications.

J. Bentley Peters, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and vice chair of the Manchester College Board of Trustees, said “We are blessed with a great opportunity and the interest in this position has been gratifying.”   All nominations and applications will be made directly to the Presidential Search Committee. A link to a Presidential Search page has been established on the college's website at, with nomination forms and other important details about the search.

Manchester is an independent, co-educational Church of the Brethren college accredited with North Central Association.  The church and the college have historic peace, service and citizenship roots that are reflected in the college’s mission statement.  While students are from 29 states and 33 countries, about 83 percent are Indiana residents. The 115-year-old college is situated within the North Manchester community of 6,700 residents.

To request or submit nomination forms and other information, contact: J. Bentley Peters, Chair;

Presidential Search Committee; Manchester College; P.O. Box 12663; Fort Wayne, IN  46864.

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