Dr. Michael Shonrock Named ESU's 16th President

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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Board of Regents announced Friday morning that Dr. Michael Shonrock will be Emporia State University's 16th President.

(excerpts from Board of Regents offical release)

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."

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.

Shonrock replaces Michael Lane, who resigned effective June 30, 2011.