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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 C. 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 C. 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.

Livestream of press conference

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Internationalized Education

Norwich University values and actively supports opportunities for faculty, staff and students to be globally engaged.

We host a diverse student body of international students who come to Norwich to pursue their academic goals.

We support our faculty by empowering them to travel, teach, and engage in research overseas to build intercultural proficiency and incorporate international perspectives into their teaching.

Our U.S. students take advantage of CityLAB:Berlin, an instructional location in Germany, and a host of partner programs for education abroad and international service learning on all six continents. For the full breadth of our international offerings, contact the NU International Center

Success After Norwich

Norwich students turn their passions and experiences into real-world opportunities, internships, and careers, thanks to one-on-one career advising, academic mentoring, and a network of thousands of alumni and parents ready to offer advice and networking.

Norwich’s 27,000-plus alumni span the globe, living and leading as entrepreneurs, advancing science and technology, improving communities, and serving our nation’s military. Their affinity for Norwich extends to every student and graduate, and they love to come back, give back, and pay it forward.

  • “No one cared about my gender or physiological capabilities,” Bernheim said, reflecting on Army Ranger School. “They cared that I did the work.” Read More
    Rebekah “Rose” Bernheim ’14 10th Woman in U.S. History to Graduate Army Ranger School
  • “When it came time to expand Studio 355, I made a conscious effort to hire Norwich graduates because I know what they were taught...” Read More
    Joe Fisher 10 & M’11 Founder, Studio 355 Architecture
  • “I love that a small chunk of the research I’m doing will go toward the reduction of nutrients in the ocean and cleaning the water.” Read More
    Elizabeth Ells ’18 Graduate Student in Oceanography, UMass-Dartmouth
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Accreditation and Recognition

Regional Accreditation Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), known formerly as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). Learn more about Norwich University’s NECHE 2020 Comprehensive Report here.
National Recognition The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Norwich University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
State Authorization Norwich University has been approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Participation in NC-SARA provides Norwich University with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of the other NC-SARA states.
Professional Accreditation Norwich University's Project Management concentration in both the MBA and Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance programs is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Norwich University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education — ccneaccreditation.org.

The program is also approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing.

Program Accreditation Norwich University's Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's Architecture program is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board.
Program Accreditation Norwich University is a member of the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Program Accreditation Norwich University is a member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's MBA program, BS in Management and BS in Accounting are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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Athletic Program Norwich University's Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Education Programs Norwich University's education preparation programs are accredited by Vermont’s Agency of Education’s Result’s Oriented Program Approval (ROPA)

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