Michael Shonrock

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Michael D. Shonrock
Dr. Michael D. Shonrock.jpg
16th President of Emporia State University
Assumed office
January 03, 2012
Preceded by Michael Lane
H. Edward Flentje (Acting)
Vice President of Student Affairs
Texas Tech University
In office
February 2001 – December 2011
Personal details
Born (1957-08-06) August 6, 1957 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois
Spouse(s) Karen Corkery Shonrock
Residence Emporia, Kansas
Alma mater Western Illinois University
Pittsburg State University
University of Kansas
Profession Professor
Religion Methodism
Website Office of the President

Michael D. Shonrock (born August 6, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois) is president of Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.[1] He was previously vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.[2]


Shonrock received his B.S. in 1979 from Western Illinois University as a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, his M.S. in 1981 and Ed.S. in 1987 from Pittsburg State University, and Ph.D. in 1991 from University of Kansas.[3]

Texas Tech University[edit]

Appointed to the Texas Tech University faculty in 1991, Shonrock was associate professor of educational psychology & leadership in the Texas Tech University College of Education.[4] Michael Shonrock was active in the 2008 planning of Texas Tech's $3-million on-campus chapel and announced that "no religious affiliations will be included and there will be stained-glass windows without religious images, and movable chairs, rather than pews."[5] Shonrock was involved in the leadership of the Lubbock Area United Way, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and the University Medical Center. He attended the United Methodist Church.

He has held leadership positions in the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; in 2000 he received the Texas Tech University President's Quality Service Award.[3]

Boards and Committees[edit]

  • United Way of the Flint Hills
  • Regional Development Association of East-Central Kansas
  • Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce board
  • Chamber’s Joint Economic Development Activity Committee

ESU Buzz with President Michael Shonrock[edit]

Every other Thursday a month, Shonrock appears on a local radio station, 14 KVOE, in a segment called ESU Buzz with President Michael Shonrock. Shonrock, along with a special guest, discuss a variety of issues and initiatives at Emporia State University.
Some topics that have been discussed are:

  • Now and Forever Campaign
  • Athletics
  • School Year
  • New staff[6]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Michael Lane
President of Emporia State University
Succeeded by