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President Richard W. Schneider, we salute you!

President Schneider Salutes
In the nearly three decades, President Schneider has inspired students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends alike. Today, he shares his gratitude and farewell. Click on image above to launch video.

This is not the exit we wanted for President Schneider. And, as he has said several times, it is not the one he wanted, either.

After 28 years of leadership, his accomplishments are numerous. As the university’s 23rd president, he oversaw multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns that allowed makeovers of existing campus buildings and the addition of new ones and boosted the university’s endowment fivefold. He oversaw increases in enrollment, expanded academic majors and course offerings and championed undergraduate research programs and study away and abroad programs as 'hands on' experiential learning opportunities. He spearheaded an expansion of the Corps of Cadets and the establishment of the online College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and Center for Civic Engagement. His Norwich After Next plan has the university poised to prosper for years to come. The list goes on.

In many ways, Norwich was President Schneider and President Schneider was Norwich. He spoke countless times on campus and off, always cheery and encouraging, telling students if they strived, they would thrive. He encouraged students to come here and pursue their passion, in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in the labs. He signed every degree, welcomed back every Homecoming alum, shook every hand.

We wanted to send Schneider off in showers of applause and choruses of thank yous at commencement and commissioning. We wanted to stop him on the Upper Parade Ground, or any other campus spot, and express our gratitude. The coronavirus crisis dashed all that, forcing us to distance and shelter and finish the year virtually. But on this page, you will see President Schneider in action in his final year.

We cannot thank you enough, Sir. You are everything excellent and everything Norwich.

Through the years

28years ago, Richard W. Schneider arrived in Northfield, Vermont to become the 23rd president of Norwich University. In the nearly three decades he has served as president, he has inspired and executed his strategic plan with extraordinary competence, humility and boundless energy.

According to the American Council on Education, only 5% of college or university presidents serve more than 20 years. In the entire history of our country, fewer than 130 college presidents have served 28 years or more continuous years at the same institution.


Endings can be bittersweet, especially when it comes to the things you love. As his transformational 28-year tenure draws to a close, President Richard W. Schneider finds saying goodbye is harder than he expected. He is not alone.

Norwich Record | Spring 2020 | Alumni Magazine

#NorwichLegacy #NorwichForever

We invite you to leave your message here on Facebook for President Schneider. Or feel free to email him directly at rschneider@norwich.edu.

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President Schneider In the News

Over the years, President Schneider has been covered in the news media at every turn. Here is a sampling from the last couple of years that show his perspectives, his resilient leadership and his compassion.

Vermont Business Magazine: Vision without resources is hallucination: Dr Richard W Schneider and Norwich University

WCAX-3: Norwich University launches search for new president

WCAX-3: Norwich President Richard Schneider on university's past, future

Business People Vermont: Full Steam Ahead, A life well lived

Times Argus: Norwich plans 'NU after 2035' campaign

VPR’s Brave Little State: As Colleges Close, How Will Vermont Schools Survive?

History.net: Interview: A Coastie Meditates on War and Peace


In an expression of gratitude for the exceptional leadership of President Schneider, and his 28 years of service to Norwich University, the Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the Schneider Legacy Project to celebrate the legacy of Norwich’s longest- serving president.

All gifts to the Schneider Legacy Project will not only honor the incredible impact President Schneider has had on Norwich, but will continue his good work in areas that are important to him and his wife, Jaime, while also ensuring that the university remains strong and affordable into its third century of service. Tribute gifts will benefit the Richard and Jaime Schneider Scholarship and the Norwich Fund.

Continue the legacy

Memory book presented to President Richard W. Schneider in honor of his 28-year service to Norwich University:

"The Hill" and all its roads to and from, your legacy will remain.

Thank you, President Richard W. Schneider

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