Michael P. Schneider Ed.D.President
B.A., McPherson College
M.B.A., University of Denver
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Michael Schneider started his first enterprise at age 7 – a museum in his bedroom. The museum ultimately closed its doors to the public. But years later one of the collections on display – namely, (36) 1984 Topps Mark McGuire Olympic cards – funded Michael’s education at McPherson College, where he graduated cum laude in 1996.
Michael got his big break when the partners at Summit Publishing invited him to run their company. With hard work and long hours, Michael looked up to find himself leading a company and only halfway through his 20s. He’s never looked back. His list of life adventures has included earning an MBA from the University of Denver and supporting start-ups in everything from information technology to green energy.
In 2002, Michael’s alma mater called him to return, and he made the decision to answer that invitation. Michael has moved through a list of key staff positions at McPherson College, helping spearhead increased giving to the college and enrollment numbers now at a 40-year high.
Michael now finds himself as the youngest college president in the United States, a job he enthusiastically took on in 2009. Michael’s passionate vision to lift up liberal arts through entrepreneurship has sparked the interest and imagination of the entire campus. The concept is leading to major changes at MC. Ask him and he will tell you, “Education can be enterprising.”
In addition to leading McPherson College Michael has an online experiential learning start-up, iCollegeCrowd, that allows faculty to incorporate real case studies into the classroom. He is also completing a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.