Dr. Michael D. Shonrock began his tenure on June 1, 2015, as Lindenwood University’s 22nd president.
Shonrock was previously president of Emporia State University (ESU) in Emporia, Kan.
Board Chairman Jim J. Shoemake announced Shonrock’s hiring to the Lindenwood campus community on April 9 following a vote of Lindenwood’s Board of Directors. The selection followed a months-long national search by a board search committee and executive search firm Witt/Kieffer.
“Dr. Shonrock’s credentials match up very well with Lindenwood’s needs,” said Shoemake. “He is a friendly, engaging, students-first leader who will be able to handle everything from fundraising to finance. He is a data-informed futurist and is committed to connecting with our alumni and other University constituencies.”
Shonrock said that he and his wife, Karen, were excited to make the Lindenwood campus their home.
“The Board members with whom Karen and I met have a passion for and a dedication to the University,” said Shonrock. “Lindenwood is an institution with solid academics, a rich history, and a bright future.”
For three-and-a-half years Shonrock had served as president and professor at ESU. Prior to that he spent over 20 years at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he served as senior vice president and associate professor. He also held positions as vice president for enrollment management, student affairs and auxiliary enterprises.
Shonrock has a PhD from the University of Kansas, an EdS from Pittsburg State University, and an MS and a BS from Western Illinois University. He also received an Institute of Educational Management certificate from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
During Shonrock’s administration, ESU launched the largest, most comprehensive fundraising campaign in university history (already reaching 75 percent of the goal), sustained six consecutive semesters of enrollment growth, and received an additional annual allocation of $1 million from the Kansas governor and legislators for an honors college.