Entrepreneur to speak at college induction Western Maryland alumna returns

April 30, 1993

Dr. Sherry Fischer Manning, a member of Western Marylan College's Class of 1965, will speak at the college's annual Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony Sunday.

The event in Baker Chapel is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. after the annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation. Dr. Manning also will be inducted into the college's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as an alumna.

Dr. Manning is an entrepreneur respected in the academic world and private business. She is the founder and chairman of Education Communications Consortia Inc., the largest bulk buyer telecommunications products and services for colleges, universities and independent schools in the United States.

In partnership with the National Association of College and University Business Officers, her company returns more than $1 million each year to member educational institutions, through discounts earned by the consortium's pooled purchasing.

After graduation from Western Maryland cum laude in mathematics in 1965, Dr. Manning earned a master's degree in mathematics from the College of William and Mary and a doctorate in business from the University of Colorado.

After teaching at the University of Colorado, the University of Kansas and a university in Brazil, she was named president of Colorado Women's College.

During her five-year presidency, she was responsible for several new academic programs, including Weekend College and a degree program in natural resources. During that time she was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Western Maryland.

In 1992, she was inducted into Western Maryland College's Sports Hall of Fame in honor of her outstanding career in basketball and field hockey.

Dr. Manning's many accolades include the Denver Post Hall of Fame Award, inclusion in the World Who's Who of Women, the 1988 Women's Leadership Training Institute Award, a Biography International award and the Chivas Regal Extrapreneur Award for 1990.

Dr. Manning and her husband, Dr. Charles W. Manning, Class of '65, live in Charleston, W.Va. They have three children.

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