Lindenwood University’s Board on Thursday named Michael Shonrock the school system’s new president.
Shonrock, 57, is currently the president of Emporia State University in Kansas, university spokesman Scott Queen said. He’ll take over from retiring current president James Evans June 1.
Lindenwood Board of Directors Chairman Jim Shoemake said Shonrock was chosen because he is the kind of leader board members wanted to see guide the school into the future.
“Dr. Shonrock’s credentials match up very well with Lindenwood’s needs,” Shoemake said. “He is a friendly, engaging, students-first leader who will be able to handle everything from fundraising to finance.”
Shoemake called Shonrock a “data-informed futurist” who is prepared to meet the needs of the changing higher education world.
Prior to his three-plus years as president at Emporia State, where he also is a professor, Shonrock was a vice president and associate professor for more then 20 years at Texas Tech University.
A prolific fundraiser, Shonrock has presided over six-consecutive semesters of enrollment growth, according to Queen.
He has a PhD from the University of Kansas and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.
“The board members with whom Karen and I met have a passion for and a dedication to the university,” Shonrock said of the reasons he was interested in switching jobs. “Lindenwood is an institution with solid academics, a rich history and a bright future.”
Evans, who has been president at Lindenwood since 2006, announced last summer that he would retire at the end of May. He has been with the university since 1974 when he was hired as an assistant professor of psychology.
Evans became a professor in 1985, was named dean of the Social Sciences Department in 1994, dean of sciences in 1995 and dean of faculty in 1996. In 2000 he became the school’s provost.
Jerry Bladdick, president of Lindenwood’s Belleville campus, has announced that he’ll retire at the end of the year.