Press Release              Event Date:  September 11, 2017


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Manchester University President McFadden Speaks to NM Historical Society


The North Manchester Historical Society’s September program features Manchester University President David McFadden speaking on "A Shared History: 128 Years of Manchester University in North Manchester."  The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017. 

McFadden is well-known as an excellent speaker, always thoughtful, informative and entertaining.  He will provide a PowerPoint presentation of pictures from the Manchester University archives covering key periods in the town/gown relationship.  The program will provide more than just the University’s viewpoint.   Says McFadden, “I anticipate a conversation. I will use my presentation as a prompt for others to share what they know.”


President David McFadden took office as Manchester’s 15th president on July 1, 2014 after 20 years as a senior leader at the University. A third generation graduate, McFadden has deep roots in and a deep love for Manchester. “I couldn’t be more proud to serve any institution in the country,” says McFadden.  After earning his Ph.D. in political science at Claremont Graduate University, he returned to his alma mater and hometown to lead Manchester’s enrollment efforts. Over the next two decades, McFadden worked with strategic planning, marketing, institutional research, and institutional accreditation, among a variety of assignments. As assistant professor of political science, he taught environmental politics.

In 2004, McFadden was appointed executive vice president. In this role, he led the exploration and launch of Manchester’s Pharmacy Program and the opening of the University’s Fort Wayne campus, becoming dean of the College of Pharmacy in 2012.

McFadden has been an active community and church leader, serving as president of the Community Foundation of Wabash County board, as chair of the Manchester Church of the Brethren board and as a member of the boards of Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Mennonite Council, Questa Education Foundation, Parkview Hospital Board of Directors and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Governing Board. 

The program is open to the public at no cost and will be enjoyable for audiences of all ages.  Manchester University has been a key influence on the life of North Manchester for 128 years.  The Historical Society invites you to explore this important relationship with us, and add your own perspective to the conversation.