AB with honors (tuition scholar), Spelman College, Atlanta, 1955. Doctor of Medicine (Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation scholar), Meharry Medical College, 1959. Master in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University-United States Public Health Service traineeship, 1987.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Tougaloo College, Mississippi, 1990. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Meharry Medical College, Nashville, 1991. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Spelman College, 1991.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Tskegee University, 1998. Doctor of Science (honorary), College New Rochelle, 1998. Doctor of Science (honorary), Morehouse College, 2002.
Doctor of Science (honorary), University Delaware, 2002.
Intern St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Gary, Indiana, 1960. From junior to chief resident in pediatrics Cook County Children's Hospital, Chicago, 1960—1962. National Institutes of Health fellow neonatology University Illinois Research and Educational Hospital, 1963—1965.
Staff pediatrician Chicago Board Health, 1963—1966. Practice medicine specializing in pediatrics Chicago, 1963—1966. Associate Lawndale Neighborhood Health Center North, 1966—1967.
Assistant medical director, 1967—1969. Assistant professor Chicago Medical College, 1966—1967. Instructor Pritzker School Medicine, University Chicago, 1967—1969.
Assistant director ambulatory pediatrics, assistant director pediatrics Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, 1969—1970. Medical consultant Spelman College, 1970—1971, medical director family planning program, chairman health careers advisory committee, 1972—1976. Medical director Grady Memorial Hospital Family Planning Clinic, 1972—1976.
Commissioned officer, advanced though grades to rear admiral United States Public Health Service, 1976—1997. Chief genetic diseases services branch Office Maternal and Child Health, Bureau Community Health Services, Rockville, Maryland, 1976—1981. Acting associate administrator clinical affairs Office of Administrator Health Resources and Services Administration, 1981—1983, chief medical officer, deputy associate administrator planning, evaluation and legislation, 1983—1985.
Sabbatical leave United States Public Health Service Johns Hopkins School Hygiene and Public Health, 1986—1987. Director National Health Service Corps. Assistant surgeon general United States Department Health & Human Services, 1988, deputy assistant secretary for health, 1989—1993, acting assistant secretary health, 1993, deputy assistant secretary health & intergovernmental affairs, 1993—1994, deputy surgeon general, acting deputy assistant secretary for minority health, 1994—1995, acting surgeon general, 1995—1997.
President Spelman College, 1997—2002, president emerita, since 2003. Member United States delegate United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, 1990-1994, American Academy Family Physicians (public advisory board), American Council Learned Societies, American Medical Association Minority Affairs Consortium (senior advisor), Centers for Disease Control Foundation (board visitors), Morehouse School Medicine (clinical Professor Pediatricians, Public Health Lecturer), Rollins School Public Health Emory U (Commissioners, Advisory Council, Georgia Leadership Commission Organ, Tissue, Blood Marrow donation amont African Americans. Rear admiral United States Public Health Service, retired United States Public Health Service.
Trustee Spelman College, 1966-1970. The College Fund (United Negro College Fund committee Archives, History Governmental Affairs Committee), Council Foreign Relations, board directors council Indiana Colleges. Board directors March of Dimes, 1998, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, National Minority Military Museum Foundation Edl.
Advisory Council, American Cancer Society Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, Compas Compact, Downtown Atlanta Chapter Rotary, Atlanta 2000 Advisory Committee, Quality Education for Minorities. Advisory board Atlanta Regional Health Summit, Commerce Club, Georgia Foundation Indiana, Food and Drug Advisory Committee, publication advisory board American Academy Family Physicians, senior advisor American Medical Association Minority Affairs Consortium, board visitors Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, honorary advisor council, charter member The Children's Inn at National Institutes of Health, member Council on Foreign Relations, Advisory Committee, vaccine and biologics committee Food and Drug Administration, member Health Careers Exploring Advisory Committee, Tribal Colleges. Chair, advisory group University S.Carolina Rural Health Initiative.
Fellow American Academy Pediatrics. Member National Institute Medicine of National Academy of Sciences, National Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Association of University Women, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Council Foreign Relations, Spelman College Alumnae Association (Hall of Fame 2005), Meharry Alumni Association, African American Collection Portraits of National Academy of Sciences, Operation Crossroads Africa Alumni Association, Atlanta Chamber C., Rotary, Delta Sigma Theta (honorary), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Albert Edward Manley, April 3, 1970.