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Sylvia Manning, President, Higher Learning Commission

smanning3Appointed by the Board in 2008, Dr. Manning assumed the presidency effective July 1, 2008, following the retirement of the Commission's long-term president, Steven Crow.

Dr. Manning’s vision has been to strengthen participation of the Commission's institutional leaders in helping to create the voice of the Commission on issues of state, regional, and national importance. She is committed to keeping accreditation timely, relevant, and accountable for members of the public and, most importantly, for the students served by HLC accredited institutions. Her commitment to student learning and to excellence is clear, direct, and authentic.

She strives to continue the Commission’s commitment to academic and service quality improvement and to peer review.

Dr. Manning previously served the University of Illinois for almost fourteen years, the last eight as Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1994 as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Manning served in a number of faculty and senior leadership roles at the University of Southern California and California State University, Hayward.

Dr. Manning has a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Yale University in English Language and Literature and a B.A. in English from McGill University. Her scholarly work has focused on British literature of the Victorian period.