Manchester’s new VP, academic dean brings leadership, strategy experience

Manchester University has found its next academic leader in Dr. Jeffrey R. Breese of Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

Breese, whose academic specialty is sociology, comes with considerable leadership and strategic planning experience in liberal arts education. He has served two years as interim chief academic officer for Rockhurst. Breese will begin his new post as MU vice president and dean for academic affairs on Aug. 1 on the North Manchester campus.

“Dr. Breese understands and respects our Mission,” said MU President Jo Young Switzer. “We look forward to his seasoned leadership during this challenging time in higher education.”

At Rockhurst, Breese developed and implemented an Office of Institutional Effectiveness and led the University’s recent re-accreditation process. He also has served as dean of its School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

He was associate dean for the School of Education and Human Services of Marymount University in Arlington, Va. He has taught at the University of Tampa and served nine years on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College, where he collaborated with students on publications and cultivated an interest in experiential and service learning. “This would fit squarely with Manchester University’s approach to engaging students in meaningful and impactful learning experiences,” he told the MU search committee.

Breese has authored 16 peer-reviewed journal articles in sociology and edited Doing Sociology: Case Studies in Sociological Practice. He received his doctorate at University of Akron, master’s at Ohio University and bachelor’s degree at Youngstown State University, all in sociology.

Manchester University offers more than 60 areas of academic study to almost 1,400 students in undergraduate, master’s degree and four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy program. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

May 2014

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