Dr. Richard A. Manahan - 2002 ETSU Foundation Margin of Excellence Award

Dr. Richard Manahan

Richard A. Manahan is Professor of Accountancy in the College of Business and Technology and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is the former Vice President of Finance and Administration and former Vice President of University Advancement. He is also President Emeritus of the East Tennessee State University Foundation.

Dr. Manahan has established a significant record of leadership and service on the local, state, and national levels throughout his 46-year career in higher education. His professional experiences reflect a diverse mixture of administration, teaching, and leadership. On a comparable track, he has a distinguished record of civic and public service involvement that reflects commitment to the community in which he lives. Dr. Manahan holds a bachelor's, master of business administration, and doctoral degrees from Illinois State University. He attended public schools and is a graduate of Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Illinois.

He served eight years as the assistant auditor, director of internal auditing and coordinator of administrative services in the office of the Vice-President and Dean of Administration at Illinois State. He was also an instructor of business in the ISU College of Business for six years. Dr. Manahan is a certified public accountant (Inactive), holding memberships in Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee CPA Societies and is a certified internal auditor. Dr. Manahan has been inducted into the Illinois State University College of Education Hall of Fame, the Illinois State University College of Business Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the university's Alumni Achievement Award, and is the recipient of the ISU Outstanding Alumni Award. He served as a member of the alumni association board of directors for fifteen years, and he and his wife, Lois, are members of the ISU Heritage Society.

Dr. Manahan served his country in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge in 1963. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas and with the European Ordnance Battalion. He received the certificate of merit and good conduct medal during his service.

Dr. Manahan has served on more than 30 corporate, civic, elected and non-profit boards. This includes a tapestry of engagement in the community's most vital functions, including economic development, electrical utility board, downtown development authority, health facilities, medical practice management, hospital, and other interests. He has provided leadership as chairman, president, treasurer, and secretary on many of these boards. He was appointed by former Tennessee Governor Ned Ray McWherter to the State Board of Nursing, by former Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist to the national Education Commission of the States as a Tennessee representative, by Lt. Governor Ronald Ramsey to the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, and by Governor Bill Haslam to the State Workforce Development Board. Dr. Manahan is an Organizer of TriSummit Bank and currently serves as a member of its Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive and Audit Committees. He also serves as the Board's Corporate Secretary.

As former President/CEO of the East Tennessee State University Foundation and the former university Vice President for University Advancement, Dr. Manahan was the longest serving chief advancement officer among the Tennessee Board of Regents universities. The Foundation has received two National Circle of Excellence in Education Fundraising awards and has raised over $350 million in private giving for endowments, scholarships, and academic programs during his tenure in University Advancement. Under his tenure the ETSU Foundation endowments currently rank in the top 500 university and colleges in the United States.

Dr. Manahan's honors include the Johnson City/Washington County, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Amzi Smith Enterprise Award, induction into the Chamber Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Outstanding American Award, ETSU Alumni Association Challenge 2000 Manahan Scholars designation, ETSU Foundation and Carillon dedication, Tennessee School Board Association Master School Board designation, and the National School Board Association Distinguished Service Award. He has been elected to serve four terms on the Johnson City School Board in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Dr. Manahan holds professorships in both ETSU's College of Business and Technology and the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education. He is a recognized writer of articles and papers on economic impact, institutional management, and town and gown relationships as well as having served nationally and internationally as a panelist, lecturer and university representative. He has traveled to Europe, Russia, Asia, Italy, and Australia. He has served as Senior Editor of the ETSU Today, ETSU Today Honor Roll and editorial advisor for the National Forum, the Phi Kappa Phi Journal for Academic Administration. During his past thirty-three plus years at ETSU, he has been honored by his peers with the university's distinguished staff award; by the volunteer leadership of the Foundation as a Margin of Excellence Award recipient; and by the ETSU National Alumni Association as a recipient of the George L. Carter Award, the highest honor conveyed to friends of the university. He has served 50 years as a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois.

Dick and Lois Manahan live in Johnson City. They have two children, Jennifer D. Crigger, CPA and Eric R. Manahan, M.D. They have four grandchildren, Evan S and Emily B. Crigger and Paige M. and Lindsay K. Manahan.