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Maj Gen (VSM) Mark Anarumo, PhD

Dr. Mark Anarumo, a highly decorated military veteran, scholar, and practitioner in the fields of terrorism, political violence, criminal justice, character development, and leadership, became the 24th president of Norwich University in June 2020.

Norwich Together. Norwich Forever.

Dr. Anarumo assumed the presidency amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic and led the university successfully through a year of full, yet modified, campus operations including academics, athletics, and student life. His empathic leadership demonstrated in such challenging times attracted national news media coverage highlighting his proactive, transparent, and frequent communications that emphasized student mental health and the well-being of the university and central Vermont communities.

As president, Dr. Anarumo prioritizes building academically, experientially, and organizationally upon Norwich University’s 200-year-plus legacy, with special attention to a tradition of innovation. At Norwich, he applies three decades of leadership experience to propel modernization and fiscal responsibility. He brings many years of documented high performance in the military and as a faculty member with several elite civilian colleges and universities, combined with diverse domestic and international networks and affiliations. He has a proven track record of success in securing traditional and nontraditional revenue streams and building world-class faculty development and student leadership programs.

At Norwich, Dr. Anarumo oversees approximately 2,400 campus-based students in 35 majors and one graduate degree in architecture; along with more than 1,500 students in 15 online master’s degree programs, nine bachelor’s degree completion programs, six graduate certificate programs, and Norwich Pro℠, which offers online professional development courses and certificates in high-demand skill sets. The Norwich family includes more than 22,000 living alumni and over 860 employees, about 160 of whom are full-time faculty members.

Dr. Anarumo leads a university with an annual operating budget of over $102 million and an endowment of $310 million as of April 2021. Norwich University’s Northfield, Vermont, campus boasts 1,229 total acres, along with an additional instructional site in Denver and an international study abroad program in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Anarumo also oversees research centers on topics such as cybersecurity and digital forensics; peace and war; and global resilience and security.

The Road to Vermont: From New Jersey via the Globe

Dr. Anarumo’s previous position was Director and Permanent Professor for the Center for Character and Leadership Development, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. In this capacity, he oversaw delivery of leadership and character education programs to a Cadet Wing of more than 4,000 officer candidates; advised honor education programs and execution of the Cadet Honor Code; hosted several large forums per year, including the annual National Character and Leadership Symposium; and conducted leading-edge research, instruction, and assessment for advancing the 21st century Profession of Arms.

Before accepting his Air Force Academy professorship, then-Colonel Anarumo 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 has also lived and worked extensively overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, and Korea.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1987, completed his Bachelor of Science degree via the GI Bill, then spent 26 years as an Air Force officer. He entered the Air Force in 1994 as the Distinguished Graduate of Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 485, Rutgers and Princeton Universities. He later earned a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice in 1999 and a Doctorate in 2005, both from Rutgers University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the National Security Fellow Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2012.

Dr. Anarumo brings deep experience in the highest levels of organizational leadership, collaborative and transformational leadership in complex environments, donor relations, coalition-building, leadership in shared governance structures, delivery of innovative faculty and staff development programs, strategic planning, and fiscal management. He has taught and published widely on political violence, criminal justice, character development, and leadership.

Dr. Anarumo serves on the executive committees of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC) and the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS).

He lives in Woodbury Hall in Northfield with his family and dogs.

President Anarumo’s full CV


November 1987
Enlisted in US Army as a M1 Abrams Armor Crewman.

September 1990
Enrolled at Rutgers University under GI Bill.

May 1994
Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice, Honors College, Rutgers University.

May 1999
Master of Arts, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University.

September 2003-May 2005
Research Associate, Center for the Study of Public Security, Rutgers University. 

May 2005
Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers University Graduate School-Newark; Focus Areas: Public Sector Executive Leadership, Terrorism and Political Violence.

May 2005-June 2007
Commander and Chief of Police, 43rd Security Forces Squadron/Defense Force Commander, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina.

March-September 2006
Commander/Chief of Police/Chief of Anti-Terrorism, 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Manas Air Base, Republic of Kyrgyzstan.

June 2007-May 2010
Associate Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Stockton University.

June 2010-June 2011
Regional Defense Force Commander/Commander/Chief of Police, 8th Security Forces Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.

May 2012
Postdoctoral Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Focus Areas: Negotiations, Executive Leadership Development, Change Management.

June 2012-June 2014
Chief, Financial Programming, Headquarters US Air Force, The Pentagon.

July 2014-July 2016
Vice Wing Commander, 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

July 2016-July 2018
Permanent (Full) Professor and Department Head (Chair Equivalent) United States Air Force Academy.

February-May 2018
Chief, Co-located Operating Base Transition Team, US Forces Korea, Cities of Daegu, Gimhae, Gwang Ju, Osan, and Suwan, Republic of Korea.

July 2018-June 2020
Director and Permanent (Full) Professor, Center for Character and Leadership Development, United States Air Force Academy.

June 2020
President of Norwich University.

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