During Schade's 40-year tenure at Crowder he has been responsible for the initial training for staff on internet use, developing and maintaining the college's first website, developing the instructional side of computer programming and application classes at the college along with supervising many full-time faculty since 1987 as a division chair.
"We are fortunate to have Dr. Schade's steady hand at the helm to provide continuity during this time of transition," said Alan Marble, Crowder president. "His willingness to accept this assignment will empower the associate deans, directors and division chairs to continue their vital work without major disruption as we enter the search process for a permanent Dean."
Schade holds a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas and earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in physics from Pittsburg State University. He also holds an Associate of Science from the former Joplin Junior College (now Missouri Southern State University).
Schade and his wife, Barbara, who was director of Crowder's library for many years, have three children and three grandchildren.