December 9, 2011

Dr. Michael Shonrock to be ESU’s 16th President

(EMPORIA) – Today, the Kansas Board of Regents announced that Dr. Michael Shonrock will be Emporia State University’s (ESU) new president.  The Board voted to approve the appointment then officially introduced the new president during a special meeting at Albert Taylor Hall on the ESU campus.  Dr. Shonrock will begin his presidency after the first of the year.

“The Board is proud to announce that Dr. Michael Shonrock will be the next Emporia State University president,” said Regent Ed McKechnie of Arcadia, Chair of the Board of Regents.  “He rose to the top of an exceptional field of candidates, and we’re extremely impressed by his experience, enthusiasm and passion he will bring to ESU and the Emporia community.  The Board looks forward to working with Dr. Shonrock and celebrating the success of ESU.” 

Michael D. Shonrock, Ph.D., has served as a Senior Vice President and an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Leadership at Texas Tech University.  He began his higher education administration career at Texas Tech University in 1990.  He has held various leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility and oversight in the area of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, and Auxiliary Services.  Dr. Shonrock earned a B.S. and M.S. from Western Illinois University, his Ed.S. from Pittsburg State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. 

“Accepting the Presidency of ESU represents a coming home,” said Shonrock.  “Karen and I are excited and honored to become part of the ESU and Emporia communities, and citizens of the great state of Kansas.  ESU has a proud past and I look forward to helping shape the future of this institution with the help of the outstanding members of the ESU family.”

Following the Board’s announcement, Shonrock was introduced to members of the ESU and Emporia communities during a holiday reception in the rotunda of Albert Taylor Hall. 

The announcement of Shonrock as the 16th President of ESU comes after seven months of work by the ESU Presidential Search Committee.  Members of the committee received public recognition for their efforts at the announcement. 

“A special thank you to the members of the ESU Presidential Search Committee,” said McKechnie.  “These individuals made a commitment to help the Board find the best candidates from around the nation to lead this fine institution and we recognize that commitment today in naming the 16th President of ESU.” 

“I wasn’t at all surprised by the number of top tier higher education professionals who wanted to be the next ESU president,” said Deryl Wynn of Kansas City, Chair of the ESU Presidential Search Committee.  “Dr. Shonrock brings impressive credentials and abilities to ESU.  I look forward to celebrating successes with him for many years to come.”


About the Kansas Board of Regents: 
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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