Samuel Snideman graduated from Indiana State University in 2006 with a degree in political science and a minor in criminology. While a student at Indiana State, he was a reporter and columnist for the Indiana Statesman as well as a member of the Student Government Association, served on a number of college- and university-level committees and councils (including as a student representative to the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Council), and was involved in a number of other student groups, including Pi Sigma Alpha, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Golden Key National Honor Society. He was honored as the Department of Political Science’s outstanding senior in 2006. Sam attended graduate school at Texas A&M University, earning a master’s degree in political science, and at Ball State University, where he is completing his doctorate in higher education.
Professionally, Sam has worked on education and workforce development policy in state government and in higher education. He worked for three years at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, where he was the agency lead on Commission initiatives to align the P-Workforce pipeline. He also served briefly as Assistant Director of Indiana’s Regional Works Councils in the Center for Education and Career Innovation. Since 2015, Sam has served as Director of Governmental Relations at Ball State University, advocating for the university to local, state, and federal policymakers. His primary areas of professional focus at Ball State are academic policy issues, K-12 policy issues, and state budgetary matters.