Julie Jones Manning

Julie Manning BA '79



Degree and Class Year

BA ’79


Vancouver, Washington

Current City

Corvallis, Oregon




Choir, volleyball, Pioneer Log

Overseas study

Choir tour to Europe

Job Title, Organization

Retired in June 2022 from VP/Marketing at Samaritan Health Services


KATU-TV, Portland

Continuing Studies

MS, print journalism, Boston University

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Personalized, Thought-provoking, Inclusive

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

My father went there. It’s also a beautiful campus with programs that were of interest to me.

What have you been doing since graduation?

Working, attended grad school, got married, had children, and doing community service.

How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for your career?

I felt well-prepared to enter the work world. I also applied to and was accepted to grad school, although I ended up working for two years before attending.

What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?

How to study, and how to become a more critical thinker.

What’s your favorite part or most memorable experience of serving on the Board of Alumni?

Meeting alumni from different eras and learning about their time at L&C.

How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?

I receive email updates, and occasionally attend events on campus.

Have you been to Alumni Weekend or other programming, like Homecoming, etc.? What did you enjoy about the event(s)?

Yes, it was great to connect with classmates I hadn’t seen for years.

How do you encourage other alumni to give back to the college?

By donating myself.

How do you describe the liberal arts?

The liberal arts is broad-based learning about yourself and the world around you.

Why did you major in communications?

I loved the subject matter, and it was directly relevant to what I wanted to do after college.

What was your favorite class? How did it expand your knowledge?

Small Group Behavior was my favorite class. I have continued to reference this subject matter throughout my life in the many meetings I attend, as it helped me understand individuals’ roles in a group setting. Jean Ward was my favorite professor. I took several classes from her in the communications department.

Where did you find your community on campus?

First in the residence halls, and later as part of the choir and on the volleyball team.

Who was your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?

Jean Ward and Leslie Baxter, both communications professors, provided valuable counsel and guidance throughout my time at L&C.