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Stevenson University dynamo Manning leaves behind a rising star

The Baltimore Sun

December 21, 2016

One of the quiet success stories in the Baltimore region has been the spectacular transformation of a tiny college nestled cozily in the Greenspring Valley into a dynamic, fast-growing and popular university centered on two campuses in Owings Mills.

The valley campus remains a core part of the new Stevenson University. Its future lies largely as a center for graduate studies. The original campus, founded in 1947 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, has been surpassed by two – and soon to be three – college campuses Stevenson has developed between Owings Mills Boulevard and Garrison Forest Road.

In just 16 years, President Kevin Manning has taken the former Villa Julie College – started as a two-year secretarial and nursing school – from a student body of 1,600 to its current 4,200 students and from an institution with a $25 million budget to one with an eye-popping $150 million operating program.

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