Brig. Gen. R. Wane Schneiter
Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty
Brig. Gen. R. Wane Schneiter was appointed Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty at the Virginia Military Institute on April 1, 2009. He joined the VMI faculty in 1990. Prior to his appointment as Dean he served as the head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and from 2000 until the time of his appointment as Dean he held the Benjamin H. Powell Jr. '36 Professorship in Engineering.
During his career at VMI, Brig. Gen. Schneiter has chaired the Institute Research Committee, the Institute Quality Enhancement Plan Steering Committee, the Institute Awards Committee, and the Institute Merit Pay Committee, as well as serving on many other Institute committees. He has developed several new civil engineering courses and interdisciplinary courses supporting such programs as Institute Honors and the Science and Security Minor. He was awarded the VMI Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1992 and the VMI Achievement Medal in 2007.
Brig. Gen. Schneiter's professional engineering activities have included consulting services on environmental issues to a wide array of public and private clients. Among these is the PIRG National Environmental Law Center where he has provided expert testimony and provided technical guidance in litigated disputes involving companies such as Shell Oil, Reliant Energy, and Dow Chemical. He was a principal in a San Francisco Bay Area consulting firm from 1984 to 1990. The firm specialized in providing environmental remediation and risk assessment related consulting services to government and industry. Clients included Bank of California, CALTRANS, Hewlett-Packard, US Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command – Pacific Division, and Stanford University Medical Center.
He has authored a series of study guides for the Professional Engineer exam, contributed to other books, design manuals, and conference proceedings, and has prepared numerous published journal articles and unpublished engineering reports. Brig. Gen. Schneiter has advised over 30 undergraduate research theses on a wide range of topics relating to environmental science and engineering. He has also served on the board of the Maury Service Authority – the local water and wastewater authority serving Lexington City and Rockbridge County, Virginia.
As Dean, Brig. Gen. Schneiter has implemented measures to reduce the faculty teaching load from 4-4 to 3-3 and has restructured faculty evaluation and merit pay. These are important initiatives to promote and recognize faculty excellence over the full range of their responsibilities. He has also formed Councils of Heads to encourage cross-departmental cooperation and restructured academic support programs to develop synergies and to increase their stature on Post. Part of this effort led to his establishing the Annual Institute Honors Week Faculty Lecture.
A Professional Engineer and a former diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Brig. Gen. Schneiter holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Utah State University.
Brig. Gen. Schneiter is married to Nancy Pierce and they have six daughters and an ever increasing number of grandchildren.