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VMI Dean to Step Down

LEXINGTON, Va., June 26, 2013 – Brig. Gen. Wane Schneiter, deputy superintendent for academics and dean of the faculty, will resign his position after the conclusion of the coming academic year, on May 31, 2014. He will return to the faculty in VMI’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

During his tenure as dean, which began in the spring of 2009, Gen. Schneiter oversaw much of the implementation of a new core curriculum adopted after a successful reaccreditation review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in spring 2007. He oversaw VMI’s five-year interim report on the core implementation and Quality Enhancement Plan. The interim report was accepted by SACS during the 2012-13 academic year.

“Gen. Schneiter has made splendid contributions to VMI’s academic programs,” said Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, superintendent. “He has helped to sharpen VMI’s focus on national educational priorities, brought organizational structure to the academic process, and greatly enhanced opportunities for VMI graduates.”

Gen. Schneiter has also overseen a significant expansion of VMI’s graduate partnership program. Graduate programs in medicine, law, business, engineering, and communications at a number of respected schools now offer alumni opportunities including admissions concessions, internships, and guaranteed interviews.

His signature accomplishment was a 2012 strategic review that resulted in major curricular changes in modern languages, computer science, and English. The formation of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and the hiring this fall of faculty to offer Chinese language classes  are a direct response to this initiative and to national educational priorities.

Gen. Schneiter joined VMI’s faculty in 1990. He served as the civil and environmental engineering department head prior to taking up his position as dean.

A national search for a new deputy superintendent for academics and dean of the faculty will begin in coming months.