The South Dakota Board of Regents named Dr. Neal Schnoor as the new president of NSU. Schnoor is the current chief of staff at California State University Long Beach and has been in his position since 2019. The announcement came during the board meeting held on Northern’s campus Tuesday afternoon.
“I am humbled and privileged to serve all of you as the president of Northern State University,” Schnoor said at the meeting.
Schnoor has a Ph.D. in education and a master’s in music from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Prior to his current position, he was senior advisor to the chancellor for executive affairs at the University of Nebraska Kearney and the dean of the School of Education and Counseling at Wayne State College in Nebraska. He also served as a band director at three high schools in Nebraska.
Schnoor is married to his wife, Teresa, and they have two adult children. Both Schnoor and his wife are very passionate about fine arts and athletics as well as academics.
“Northern has great students, a faculty and staff who are deeply committed to student success and serving the public good, and a remarkable community that is passionate and supportive,” he said.
Schnoor will become president of NSU on July 1.