Manuel Prestamo, Ph.D.
Adjunct | Music Appreciation
Internationally recognized as a senior management executive, Manuel Prestamo was educated in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. from New York University, an undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and postdoctoral studies in Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Manuel Prestamo is currently the President of Performance Management International, LLC (PMI), specializing in management services to the performing arts and higher education. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations as well as several state, regional and national advisory panels of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Respect Diversity Foundation, Arts Midwest National Conference, Oklahoma Governor’s International Team, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Oklahoma Israel Exchange, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.
He was a Fulbright Scholar to Ecuador and Uruguay and served as the President of the Central Oklahoma Fulbright Association; board member of the American Council on International Intercultural Education (ACIIE) and Chair of national conferences in Seattle (2002), Dallas (2003), and Boston (2005); and board member of the College Music Society – South Central Chapter, Oklahoma International Congress, and the Oklahoma Sister Cities Council. He was Chair of the Block Booking Committee of the Da Vinci Institute of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Vice President for Sister Cities International of Oklahoma City, and President of the Oklahoma Association of Community College Instructional Administrators, Oklahoma Global Education Consortium, and the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges.
He has been the Dean of Global Education and Cultural Programs and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Oklahoma City Community College, Dean of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and a faculty member at Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Kent State University, the College of Wooster, Tulsa Community College, and currently at Florida International University.
He served on grant panels for government agencies and evaluated national and international proposals related to international trade and economic development for the United States Information Agency. He was the keynote speaker for organizations such as the International Consortium for Education and Economic Development (ICEED), and guest speaker for national meetings of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), National Online Meeting (NOM), American Council on International Intercultural Education (ACIIE), American Symphony Orchestra League, Conductors Guild, APAP, Congress of the Americas, League for Innovation, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), Arts Midwest Conference, and others. In 2004 he was one of 65 leaders in higher education and the arts invited by APAP to serve in the American Assembly at Columbia University and develop a vision statement for the arts in America.
In 1998, he created the Oklahoma Film Institute at Oklahoma City Community College, in collaboration with the Lt. Governor’s Office, Oklahoma Film Commission, and Oklahoma Tourism Commission. Over the years, he served as Executive Director of Arts Festival Oklahoma, the Cultural Awareness Series, and the OK MOZART International Festival.
Internationally, he has served as an American Cultural Specialist and consultant for the U.S. State Department on nine educational and cultural missions; he has been a consultant to the National University of Argentina, National University of Chile, and the University of La Serena; served as an APAP representatives to Mexico: Gateway to the Americas; and has been honored by grants from the Institute of International Education, People-to-People, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His services and expertise as an administrator and educator have been utilized by organizations for some 40 years in the United States, Austria, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Chile, Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, and the Far East.