November 29, 2016
President Kevin Manning arrived at what was then Villa Julie College 16 years ago, he found a sleepy commuter school without dorms and only 1,600 students.
By the time he retired Tuesday, the school had grown to three campuses with 4,200 students and double its previous number of undergraduate programs. It had a new name, too: Stevenson University.
"If somebody just looked at the stats under Kevin's leadership, it would be so impressive," said Tina Bjarekull, president of the Maryland Independent College and University Association.
Manning had previously announced plans to retire in June. The university announced Tuesday that he was retiring immediately for health reasons.