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President Robert Manuel

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President Robert L. Manuel, Ph.D.

Innovator and Collaborator

Robert Manuel came to the University of Indianapolis in July 2012 from Georgetown University, where he was associate provost and dean of the School of Continuing Studies. As a higher education administrator, first at New York University and then at Georgetown, he has been recognized for his development and implementation of innovative academic programming–including graduate, undergraduate, online, and customized educational programs.

Immediately after joining UIndy, Manuel spearheaded a comprehensive strategic planning process, Vision 2030. This highly inclusive process culled opinions from 1,600 individual sources and resulted in development of a clear direction forward for the University. Some 32 initiatives were identified to drive the University toward excellence and distinction in three focal areas: (1) the student experience and engagement, (2) faculty/staff excellence, and (3) community involvement and engagement. 

In his six years at Georgetown, Manuel revamped the university's only part-time bachelor's degree program, launched nine new master’s degree programs and increased enrollments in all programs by more than 200 percent. His emphasis on connecting the academic environment with corporate, non-profit and government organizations was the driving force behind the school’s growth and success.

As dean of Continuing Studies, Manuel was responsible for the overall management of the school, including all academic programs, the creation and maintenance of faculty and student cultures, administrative and financial oversight, new program creation, and industry/government engagement. The school, one of eight degree-granting entities at Georgetown, enrolls more than 6,000 students across three locations—two in Washington, D.C., and one in Clarendon, VA.

As Georgetown’s associate provost, Manuel was responsible for working with the leadership of the Center for Social Justice, Research and Teaching, the Diversity Action Council, the Veteran’s Affairs initiative, and the Senior Vice President for Research/Chief Technical Officer.

At New York University from 2000 to 2006, prior to Georgetown, Manuel served in the office of the Vice President for Enrollment Services, and also held the positions of Chief Information Officer, Assistant Dean and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

UIndy’s new president recently completed a term on the editorial advisory board for the Continuing Higher Education Review, and was just appointed to a two-year term on the national advisory board of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association.

Manuel has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from New York University.