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Dr. V. James ("Jim") Mannoia


Dr. Mannoia took a B.S. in Physics from M.I.T. and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University (St. Louis).  His professional experience includes 28 years full-time university teaching in Physics and then Philosophy, culminating in a tenured Full Professorship at Westmont College (CA). He has published in philosophy of science and metaphysics including three books (What is Science: An Introduction to the Structure and Methodology of Science, Christian Liberal Arts: An Education That Goes Beyond, and Paradox & Virtue: Talks to My Students)  He was Philosophy Department Chair, Division Chair, and Associate Academic Dean at Westmont, then Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Houghton College.  In 1999, he was appointed President of Greenville College in Illinois where he served for the next decade. His teaching continued during his administrative work, and has included adjunct positions at Washington University (St. Louis), Old Dominion, Regent, and Azusa Pacific universities. He is an ordained clergyman in the Free Methodist Church.  Mannoia’s international experience includes his own secondary education in Sao Paulo Brasil and two years as Senior Lecturer and visiting Professor at the University of Zimbabwe.  He has traveled to more than 80 countries, lived in South America, Africa, and Europe, and for over 35 years has led student, faculty, and donor groups through Europe, the Middle East, South America, and southern Africa.  As Senior Fellow for International Development at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, he travelled around the world visiting more than 20 CCCU Affiliates.  He has lectured, consulted, and presented board and faculty workshops at institutions both in the U.S. and abroad.  His international consultancies have included government and private clients in Rwanda, Lithuania, Zimbabwe, Burundi, India, Australia, Taiwan, and South Africa. He has been a leader in university startup projects in Burundi, Kurdistan, and India. Special interest and expertise include:

  • Strategic Planning and Management

  • Curriculum design for cognitive, moral, and faith development

  • Liberal arts and institutional mission

  • Faith Learning Integration

  • International program design


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