NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
Nov. 17, 2017
On Thursday, Nov. 16, over 200 friends, family and community members, and community partners gathered at Trader Duke’s Hotel in South Burlington to celebrate Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider as the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year.
Schneider was selected by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for the Citizen of the Year Award for his extensive community leadership and continual devotion to the betterment of Vermont.
In addition to the dinner celebration, the Vermont State House flew a Norwich University flag to honor President Schneider, who has served Norwich University as president for over 25 years and is one of the longest and continuously serving college or university presidents in the history of the nation. He has envisioned, inspired and engineered tremendous improvements in the university’s academic reputation, quality of faculty and facilities, and strength of athletic programs, creating strategies and programs for diverse student populations of Corps of Cadets and civilian students to excel.
The Norwich University campus has been transformed under President Schneider’s leadership. Among the physical gems Schneider has ushered in, a new library, academic halls, campus center, sports arenas, the Sullivan Museum and History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate®, student residence halls, and renewable energy facilities. The physical growth of the institution under his leadership has had an immeasurable and positive impact on the economic, cultural, and social welfare of central Vermont, as well as the entire state.
“President Schneider is a gifted leader, an inspiration for community engagement, and an exemplary representation of the finest ideals of Vermont citizenship,” said Betsy Bishop, president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce (pictured). “He represents the innovative spirit essential to inspiring students and faculty to tackle real-world challenges. We are honored to present this award to President Schneider.”
Recent recipients of the Citizen of the Year award include Bill Stritzler, Janette Bombardier, Stephen C. Terry, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Antonio Pomerleau, and Governor James Douglas.
Schneider, Ph.D., was commissioned as 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.
About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu
Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.
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