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Dr. Neal Schnoor '90 Returns as School of Education and Counseling Dean

Published Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Dr. Neal Schnoor, a 1990 Wayne State College graduate, was named dean of the School of Education and Counseling.

Dr. Neal Schnoor, a 1990 Wayne State College graduate, was named dean of the School of Education and Counseling.

"I have a deep appreciation for the college's commitment to a quality education and emphasis on teaching," Schnoor said. "My educational experience at WSC prepared me for a successful career in P-12 and university teaching. I am excited to collaborate with colleagues to continue and to hopefully enhance the collegiate experience at WSC."

The School of Education and Counseling at Wayne State College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The school includes the Counseling and Special Education department and the Educational Foundations and Leadership department.

"We have an extremely dedicated faculty. Our programs in education and counseling are highly respected,"Schnoor said. "I look forward to enhancing an environment of continuous improvement and to providing leadership in meeting rapidly developing opportunities and challenges. The most important aspects of my work at WSC are the ongoing development of our programs, the school culture of contribution and service and the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty members committed to our mission."

After his graduation from WSC with a BFAE in music education, Schnoor went on to build and administrate highly successful secondary instrumental music programs early in his career and then completed graduate studies in music education and curriculum and instruction. Schnoor eventually held a dual appointment at the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) in the College of Education and College of Fine Arts and Humanities. He served as coordinator of K-12/Secondary Education and the director of University Bands.

His special projects included building close relationships with UNK's P-12 Network of Partner Schools and leading the University Band on two tours to Italy. These tours were the first two trips abroad by any instrumental ensemble in the history of Kearney State/UNK. Schnoor is active as a guest lecturer, conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Schnoor holds master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A graduate of Pierce High School and the youngest child in a family of seven siblings, Schnoor was the first in his family to attend college. Schnoor said he earned his degree with necessary support and a quality education from the outstanding faculty members at Wayne State College.

"These professors were committed to setting and maintaining high expectations but also to providing the support needed to help me meet those expectations," Schnoor said. "Learning from their example, I carried this same commitment into my first classroom in Wakefield and into every teaching interaction to this day. As a proud alumnus of WSC, it is truly a privilege to have this opportunity to return and provide leadership to the institution to which I owe so very much. It really is a humbling experience to return to one's roots and I cherish the opportunity."