January 28, 2020
TO: Norwich University Community Members
FROM: Alan DeForest, ’75, Chairman, Norwich University Board of Trustees
Dear Norwich students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends,
The Norwich University Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint Col. Mark Anarumo, USAF as the 24th President of Norwich University. This appointment comes after President Richard W. Schneider, RADM, USCGR (Ret.) announced his decision to retire on May 31st, 2020 following 28 years of service to the university. Col. Anarumo will become the University’s President effective June 1st, 2020.
The Board of Trustees is very excited to name Col. Anarumo as our next president. He has demonstrated throughout his distinguished academic career and military service the type of strong, effective and enlightened leadership which will ensure that Norwich University has a worthy successor to President Schneider. We are confident that we have selected an exceptional individual whose intellect, vision and values will inspire our University to reach even greater levels of excellence in its third century of service to America.
Col. Anarumo is the Director and Permanent Professor for the Center for Character and Leadership Development, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. The Center provides leadership, honor, and character education to a Cadet Wing of more than 4,000 officer candidates. The center is integral to the Academy’s mission of graduating officers of character and integrating the Air Force’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do” for faculty, staff, and cadets.
Col. Anarumo's previous assignment was Vice Commander of the 39th Air Base Wing at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, where he was responsible for approximately 5,000 U.S. military, civilian and contractor personnel and the combat readiness of U.S. Air Force units at Incirlik and four geographically separated units in Turkey.
He entered the Air Force in 1994 as the Distinguished Graduate of Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Rutgers University.
“Norwich University offers traditional students and adult learners a wealth of opportunities in a prestigious, supportive, and yet demanding academic environment. I am honored that I have been selected as its 24th president. With Norwich’s distinguished history, strength, and bright future, my family and I look forward to being part of the campus community. The depth of devotion of the faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, students, and Board of Trustees inspires us. I look forward to our collaborative leadership for the future of this inspiring, globally positioned university for the 21st century.”Col. Mark Anarumo
The Board of Trustees would like to express our sincere appreciation to Search Committee Chair and Trustee Phil Soucy ’73, and the entire search committee of trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members, who together with our consulting firm, Academic Search, provided their inspiring direction and tireless commitment over the 14 months of choosing four final candidates for the board to interview. The result is a president well positioned to lead a distinctive university with a 200-year legacy that enjoys tremendous momentum and provides a transformative impact in Vermont, nationally and globally.
Alan DeForest, ’75, chairman, Norwich University Board of Trustees
A livestream press conference and community reception in Mack Hall to welcome President-elect Anarumo and his family to Norwich University will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2020. If you could not join us, the livestream will be archived and available.
We hope you will join us in welcoming Col. Anarumo in celebrating this milestone moment for the university.