Schneider, William B. (1898-1964) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Hailing from Floraville, a small town in southwestern Illinois, William B. Schneider spent his life improving English education in the state of Illinois. He began his academic training at the University of Illinois, where he received both a bachelor's and master's degree, and earned his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. During this time in Chicago, Schneider married Alicia Edmonds on June 8, 1926.
Schneider's teaching career took him to universities both in and out of Illinois, but never too far from home. Before accepting a position at Southern Illinois University in 1936, Schneider had taught at Eastern Illinois University, George Williams College, University of Chicago, and Indiana University. As a professor, he spearheaded the 1943 movement to promote SIU from a teachers college to full university. In recognition of this and other achievements, William B. Schneider was appointed chairman of SIU's English department, a position which he held for sixteen years.
Schneider proved to be an active administrator within the English department. He led the campaign to add a doctorate program in English to the degrees offered at SIU, and his efforts were rewarded with its implementation in the fall of 1960. He also took part in organizing summer workshops for local high school teachers, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa for forty years. William B. Schneider retired in 1963, and died on July eighteenth of the following year at the age of 65.
The Southern Illinoisan, Sunday, July 19, 1964.
SIUC Board of Trustees minutes, August 1964 meeting, page 26.