EMPORIA – A top Texas Tech University administrator with experience working in student affairs and enrollment was chosen Friday by the Kansas Board of Regents as the new president of Emporia State University.
The board announced the selection of Michael Shonrock following a special meeting. He was chosen from among four finalists.
Regents Chairman Ed McKechnie said Shonrock would start Jan. 3 and earn $240,000 a year. McKechnie said Shonrock’s experience at both regional colleges and most recently at a Big 12 university were factors in his selection.
“His passion and connection with students is a real positive,” McKechnie said. “It’s a good day.”
Shonrock has worked in administration at Texas Tech since 1990, most recently as senior vice president and associate professor of educational psychology and leadership. At Emporia State, he will succeed Michael Lane, who resigned in May, six months after being interviewed for the presidency of a private university in Illinois.
Shonrock, a Chicago native, was responsible for enrollment management and student affairs at Texas Tech.
“The board has absolute confidence in the faculty at Emporia. What we wanted was someone to focus on the administrative side of the house,” said McKechnie, who knew Shonrock when the chairman was a student at Pittsburg State.
McKechnie said Shonrock would be asked to focus on building Emporia’s enrollment, enhance its business, teacher and library education programs and strengthen community relationships.
Shonrock holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Illinois University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. He also earned an advanced degree in education from Pittsburg State. He said in a statement that accepting the position was “coming home” for him and his wife, Karen.
“ESU has a proud past and I look forward to helping shape the future of this institution,” Shonrock said.
Emporia State was founded in 1863 as the first state school for training teachers. Enrollment for the fall semester was about 6,000 students.
The regents also are searching for a new president for Wichita State University. A search committee has been formed to find a replacement for Donald Beggs, who announced he would step down after 12 years as president in June 2012.