President Richard W. Schneider

Dr. Richard W. Schneider, rear admiral USCGR (Ret.)
23rd president of Norwich University

Dr. Richard W. Schneider

Dr. Richard W. Schneider
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Dr. Richard W. Schneider proudly carries on the tradition of developing citizen-soldiers started in 1819 by Norwich University founder Alden Partridge. Through his experience in the military and academia, Schneider epitomizes Norwich’s special and unique traditions.

In July 1992, he became the 23rd president of Norwich. Since then, Schneider has championed Norwich’s advancement in academic, student life and financial matters, positioning the University for continued growth and success in the new millennium.

In 1993, under Schneider’s leadership, the undergraduate students and programs of Vermont College and Norwich University were successfully integrated on the Northfield campus. In 2001, the sale of Vermont College to Union Institute and University was finalized.

In 2001, Schneider played a key role in establishing the U-Earned It scholarship program. This program has increased SAT scores of incoming freshmen classes. Norwich launched its online College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in 2001, and currently offers nine master’s programs, two certificate programs and an exclusive bachelor’s degree completion program tailored to the needs of the Special Operations Forces community. The National Security Agency also designated Norwich a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Technology that year.

Schneider has worked with the University’s Board of Trustees to create a comprehensive strategic plan for Norwich entitled NU2019. This document articulates the course the University will take in its quest for excellence in academics and student life, enhanced national brand and improved financial security for the year 2019, as Norwich starts a third century of fulfilling its mission of service to students and our nation.

A native of Queens, N.Y., Schneider is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he was regimental commander of the Corps of Cadets and sailing master on the Barque Eagle. He was commissioned an ensign in the Coast Guard and served eight years of active duty, including a tour in Vietnam, and served 30 years of both active and reserve duty, retiring in 1998 as a rear admiral. Schneider’s military awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal, and numerous campaign decorations for service in Vietnam.

From 1985 to 1992, Schneider served in several top administrative positions at Drexel University, including vice president for research, vice president and chief financial officer, acting vice president for academic affairs, and senior vice president for administration.

He earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and a doctorate in public policy from the University of Delaware. Schneider is married to Jaime Gilroy. They have four married daughters.

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