Alden Partridge served as president of Norwich University for 24 years, 3 months, and 5 days. On September 7, 2016, Richard Schneider will surpass this record to become our university’s longest serving president.
Alden Partridge’s presidency began when the cornerstone was laid for the founding of the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy on August 6, 1819, the day we celebrate as Founder’s Day. His term ended when the board of trustees accepted his resignation on November 11, 1843. During those 24 years of service, Partridge created a lasting legacy for his students, his community, and his country. He established an innovative new model for education and grew this institution into a cornerstone of the American landscape.
President Schneider took office in 1992 and has led Norwich University through 24 years of rapid growth and change. The historic developments he has overseen include combining the civilian and military campuses, growing the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies to be a pioneer in distance education, adding numerous state-of-the-art facilities to the campus’s historic landscape, and ushering the university into the 21st century with programs such as cybersecurity that prepare students for leadership in a post-9/11 world.
Schneider’s and Partridge’s long presidencies form bookends around the first 200 years of Norwich University’s legacy. As we look to the next 200 years, their leadership is sure to inspire many generations of Norwich leaders to come.
Visit the Norwich University Archives to peruse Alden Partridge’s papers and the early records of Norwich University, or to look back at the last 24 years of Norwich through campus newspapers and more.