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 with honors 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, doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania 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. He 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. McPherson College boasts the largest endowment of any private college in Kansas. Recently, McPherson was named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of their “Great Colleges to Work For.”
Michael now finds himself as one of 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 an entrepreneurial mindset 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.”
Michael and his wife, Kandee, have two daughters, Perrin and Hayden.