First ESU Presidential Candidate to Visit Campus

November 1, 2011

The first of four candidates selected as presidential finalists for Emporia State University will visit Emporia and the ESU campus Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 2-3.

Dr. Michael ShonrockThe first finalist, Dr. Michael Shonrock, and his wife, Karen, will meet with campus and community groups on those days.

Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech University as Senior Vice President for auxiliary services, enrollment management, and student affairs, and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Leadership, Shonrock earned two graduate degrees from Kansas – a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and an Ed.S. from Pittsburg State University. A native of Chicago, Ill., Shonrock is a Distinguished Alumnus of Western Illinois University, where he earned M.S. and B.S. degrees. He is a recipient of multiple honors at Texas Tech University, including the University College of Education Friends of Education Award; the Office of International Affairs Global Vision Award; the Student Government Association Double T Award; the Will Rogers Award; the Texas Tech Parent’s Association Distinguished Service Award; and the Texas Association of Student Personnel Administrators Distinguished Service Award.

More information about Shonrock can be found on the Emporia State Presidential Search page or on the Board’s website at the following links: or

The ESU and Emporia area communities are invited and encouraged to meet the candidate at an open forum on Wednesday, Nov. 2  at 4 p.m. at the Sauder Alumni Center on the ESU campus.  A campus/community reception will immediately follow at the Sauder Alumni Center at approximately 5 p.m.

Feedback from the campus and community will be facilitated via an on-line survey.  A link to the survey will be located on the ESU website homepage.

ESU President Dr. Michael R. Lane announced his resignation effective June 30, 2011, after serving the university since 2006. Shortly thereafter, the Board initiated the search process by selecting Deryl Wynn, attorney for McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips P.A. and past member of the Kansas Board of Regents, to chair the search committee. In May, the Board selected the members of the search committee, composed of 18 individuals representing ESU constituencies, such as faculty, students, administration, staff, alumni/foundation, the Emporia community, and the Board of Regents.

“The campus will be impressed with the quality of candidates,” said Wynn. “I’m especially pleased that we’ve been able to move the search process along at a quick pace and appreciate the flexibility to bring the candidates to campus sooner rather than later.”

The dates for the other three presidential finalists’ visits are as follows: Nov. 7 and 8; Nov. 14 and 15; and Nov. 21 and 22.  More details will be forthcoming.

The Search Committee will submit to the Board of Regents its candidate recommendations at the conclusion of the campus interviews. The Board hopes to name the 16th ESU president in December 2011.

Additional search details can be found on the ESU Presidential Search page on the Board’s
website at the following link:



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