News From the Hill: Schneider Named Vermont Citizen of the Year

Now, That’s Presidential!

Pictured, the award presented to President Schneider, who was named the 2017 Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

On November 16, more than 200 friends, family, and members of the Vermont community gathered in South Burlington to celebrate Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider as he was named the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. The chamber selected him based on his extensive community leadership and continual devotion to the betterment of Vermont. On that day, the Vermont State House flew a Norwich flag to honor the man who has served the university as president for over 25 years and is one of the longest continuously serving college or university presidents in the history of the nation.

“President Schneider is a gifted leader, an inspiration for community engagement, and an exemplary representation of the finest ideals of Vermont citizenship,” said Betsy Bishop, president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “He represents the innovative spirit essential to inspiring students and faculty to tackle real-world challenges.”

Past recipients include U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and former Vermont Governor James Douglas.

In December, President Schneider also received the Richard J. Bradley Award at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in Boston. The Bradley Award is presented annually to an active New England educator who has made significant contributions to the work and purpose of NEASC and whose exemplary work maintains and advocates high standards of excellence in education. – Jacque E. Day





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