Investiture Ceremony for NSU President set for April 8

President standing on campus green in front of building with

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The public is invited to the Investiture Ceremony of Dr. Neal Schnoor, 18th President of Northern State University.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. A reception will immediately follow in the JFAC lobby.

Schnoor started as NSU president in July 2021, bringing to Northern over 10 years of collaborative cabinet-level and dean experience at the University of California State-Long Beach, University of Nebraska at Kearney and Wayne State College in Nebraska.

His experience as chief of staff and senior advisor included collaborating with campus and community leaders on varied priorities, fiscal and capital planning, academic and student services, institutional and program accreditation, compliance, enrollment management, intercollegiate athletics, communications, marketing, and development. Schnoor has co-led institutional strategic planning, contributed to developing campus masterplans and facilities, served as UNK’s first chief compliance officer and represented CSULB on the boards of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and Long Beach Economic Partnership. 

As Dean for the School of Education and Counseling at Wayne State College, Schnoor led a comprehensive renewal of all undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs in a tripartite collaboration between colleagues in the School of Education, Arts and Sciences, and P-12 partner schools. In addition to initiating an online curriculum and instruction master’s degree, he led a revision of the undergraduate teacher education program and implemented one of WSC’s first joint programs at the College Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Along with the April 8 ceremony, Northern has other Investiture Week events planned, many of which are open to the public. For more information, visit

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.