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Vermont’s Norwich U launches search for new president

June 3, 2019

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military college, has launched a search for a new president.

Norwich announced Monday it is working with a national executive search firm to replace President Richard Schneider, who is planning to step down on June 1, 2020.

Norwich was founded in 1819 by Vermont native Alden Partridge, a West Point graduate who had a vision of training civilians as military officers. The school eventually moved to Northfield where it still commissions military officers.

Schneider, a retired Coast Guard rear admiral, took over at Norwich in 1992.

During his years at Norwich, Schneider grew enrollment by more than 70 percent and expanded the endowment by more than five times.

Norwich currently has about 2,500 students in its corps of cadets and civilian students.

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This story has been corrected to show the date of Norwich’s founding to 1819, not 1818.

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