Michael D. Shonrock, an undying optimist and self-described futurist, became the 16th president of Emporia State University in January 2012. Michael’s presidency has similarities to another 16th president — Abraham Lincoln, who served as president of the United States in 1863, the same year Kansas State Normal, now Emporia State University, was founded.
Like Lincoln, who believed it was important for morale and communication to circulate with the troops during the Civil War, Michael is often seen representing Hornet Nation on campus, in the Emporia community, in the region, across the state, and at special events throughout the United States.
Among Michael’s education are two graduate degrees earned in Kansas — a specialist in community college and a doctoral of philosophy in higher education administration. Michael feels strongly about the sense of the Common Good and embedding leadership competencies and experiences for our students, faculty, and staff.
Michael and his wife, Karen, enjoy the campus and community. They love hosting events and attending Hornet athletic, alumni, foundation, and performing arts events. Both serve on various committees and volunteer groups. They are very appreciative of the support of the Emporia community, Lyon County, Kansas legislators, and friends who support the Hornet Nation.