Mercer Law Alumnus Johann "Chip" Manning Appointed Director of Babson Center for Global Commerce

The University of the South announced today that Johann “Chip” Manning has been appointed director of the university’s Babson Center for Global Commerce, effective April 1. Manning, a Sewanee alumnus from the class of 1982, is currently senior vice president and general counsel for Central Parking System.

“I am delighted that Chip Manning has accepted appointment as the new Babson Center director,” said Sewanee Vice-Chancellor John McCardell. “Chip brings to this position success in business, a wide circle of contacts, an eminently approachable personality, and, perhaps best of all, a long acquaintance with Sewanee. I look forward to welcoming him back to the Mountain and to working with him to continue to build and strengthen a Center that, under Nick Babson’s able leadership, has already enriched the life of this community in so many ways.”

Manning has served in his current position since May 2008. He was previously president and chief executive officer of Wolverine Tube, Inc. Manning also had been vice president of human resources and general counsel for Wolverine, and served in various legal and human resources roles with Genuine Parts Company. He was in private practice in Atlanta, Ga., earlier in his career.
“I can’t think of anyone more qualified than Chip Manning to build upon the foundations already in place for the Babson Center and William Polk Carey pre-business program, and to take these programs to the next level,” said Nick Babson, founding director of the Center.

After graduating from University of the South, Manning received his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he was a member of the Mercer Law Review and editorial board. He received a joint MBA degree, cum laude, along with his J.D. from Mercer.

The Babson Center for Global Commerce administers co-curricular programs to provide students a wealth of business-related opportunities on and off campus, including internship opportunities and scholarships, and exposes Sewanee students to some of the best business minds in the world through its on-campus executive residencies and lecture series. Through the Wm. Polk Carey Business Program, Sewanee offers a wide range of academic and co-curricular programs to students interested in pursuing careers in business, which complement the university’s traditional liberal arts curriculum.