I would first like to reiterate President Emeritus Schneider’s warm welcome to our new President, Colonel Mark C. Anarumo, PhD, USAF (Ret). President Anarumo has already immersed himself in the good work begun by Dr. Schneider and the Reopening Task Force to plan for our upcoming academic year. Under President Anarumo’s leadership, I am confident we will continue to make good progress on planning for and executing a productive and safe Fall term in support of Norwich’s students, faculty, and staff.

Fall 2020 Reopening Task Force

Under the leadership of co-chairs Greg Matthews and Cathy Frey, the task force subcommittees continue to work through a range of contingency plans for reopening the campus this fall. To date, plans have been submitted for full residence, partial residence, and fully online scenarios. Planning for a full in-residence opening has informed the University’s Reopening Plan, which will soon be submitted to the Governor’s Economic, Mitigations, and Recovery Task Force. Using this information – submitted to the Governor by all Vermont colleges and universities – the Governor will make a decision in the coming weeks regarding when and how we may move forward with reopening for the Fall term.

Update July 15, 2020 found here: News from the Hill – July 15, 2020


On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into federal law. Included in the Act was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support college students whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic with financial grants. These emergency grants are intended to assist students with unanticipated expenses for food, housing, academic course materials, technology, health care and childcare.

Norwich University applied for and received funding under this program and will use no less than half the amount, or $1,002,307, for emergency financial grants to students. Per Department of Education (DOE) guidance, the funds must be direct cash grants to students. Grants are prioritized based on socioeconomic circumstance. Students must meet federal eligibility requirements and cannot have been exclusively enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020 in order to qualify to receive HEERF emergency funds. The university will be distributing $1,007,970 in the next several weeks to 956 students. This represents approximately 46% of the 2,095 CARES eligible students. Students may decline their award by contacting the Bursar’s office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The funds that are declined will be distributed to another eligible student.

Members of the Norwich Family:

Today, 1 June 2020, is my first day as your President. In the coming weeks you will be hearing from me often on many subjects, including my honor to become a member of the Norwich community and to serve as your President.

Given the current state of unrest across our country, it is paramount that you immediately receive my personal communication in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Indeed, Mr. Floyd’s death is a heartbreaking tragedy.

First, please allow me to reinforce very clearly that the Norwich community will be safe, inclusive, and respectful of all students, faculty, staff, and guests. Given our guiding values of mutual respect, dignity, and inclusive leadership, all of us have a significant role in helping to make our nation better. We are citizens of the greatest country in the world, and must stand united to combat intolerable behavior.

President Richard W. Schneider introduces Colonel Mark Anarumo, USAF, (Ret.), the 24th president of Norwich University, and welcomes him on June 1, 2020, his first day as president of the nation’s oldest private military college.

Watch President Richard W. Schneider address the Norwich University community May 14, 2020, with the latest update on establishing two task forces to address employees’ return to work plans, and scenario planning for the upcoming fall 2020 semester under the leadership and direction of Provost Sandra Affenito.

Watch President Richard W. Schneider address the Norwich University community April 20, 2020, with the latest update on commencement, summer and fall semesters, and to learn how you can help Norwich students today.

Due to the Stay Home executive order issued by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, Norwich University employees are required to remain at home unless they have been designated in writing by Human Resources as an “essential employee” and have been asked to work on campus by their supervisor.

Student Refund Election Form Update

We understand that some students have been unsuccessful in using the link to the refund election form provided in President Schneider’s March 31, 2020 message regarding student refunds. If you have had trouble, please click here. You will go directly to your personalized form or you will be taken to the Norwich University SSO landing page where you will need to login using your Norwich credentials (user name and password). You may be required to reset your password. If you are unable to access your Norwich account, please email the Helpdesk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (802) 485-2456 for support.

Coronavirus’ (COVID-19) impact on Norwich University update. Watch President Richard W. Schneider address the Norwich University community March 31, 2020, with the latest update on commencement, commissioning, and the university's refund policy.

Also, harking back to an armed forces tradition from World War II, Schneider asks Norwich’s community, students and alumni, to write in with accounts and pictures of how they’re helping themselves, their families and their communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These stories will be collected and archived, so generations of future students can see Norwich’s traditions of service and leadership in action.

Toward the end of the video, President Schneider invites all of the Norwich family, students and alumni alike, to write to us:
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