Lindenwood University offers values-centered programs leading to the development of the whole person–an educated, responsible citizen of a global community.
Michael, a self-described futurist and undying optimist, was appointed as the 22nd president of the Lindenwood University System on June 1, 2015.
Prior to his appointment by the Lindenwood Board of Directors, Michael served as president and professor at Emporia State University and senior vice president and professor at Texas Tech University.
Michael holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Community College Administration from Pittsburg State, and a Master of Science (M.S.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Western Illinois.
Michael has overall responsibility for the Lindenwood University System including campuses in St. Charles, Missouri and Belleville, Illinois along with eight academic services centers in Missouri and Illinois. Michael’s leadership team includes: Brett Barger, Campus President (Belleville), Marilyn Abbott, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Deb Ayres, Vice President for Human Resources, Tina Babel, Diversity Affairs, Dan Grigg, Vice President for Development & Alumni Affairs, Greg Phelps, Vice President for Financial Affairs/CFO, Renee Porter, Campus Provost (Belleville), TJ Rains, Vice President for Information Technology/CIO, Stefani Schuette, Executive Assistant to the System President, Grant Shostak, Vice President & General Counsel, and Brad Wachler, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Michael serves on a number of boards and advisory councils including: St. Louis Regional Chamber, Greater St. Charles County Chamber Board of Directors, St. Charles County Partners for Progress Board of Directors, St. Louis Sports Commission, Rotary Club of St. Charles, St. Charles Economic Development Council Board of Directors, Commerce Bank Advisory Board, and St. Louis Zoo Board of Directors, along with a number of professional associations including: Council of Independent Colleges, Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation Board of Directors, Missouri Colleges Fund, Inc. and serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. Michael is also a 2016 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy (St. Louis).
Lindenwood employs more than 2,148 full-time and part-time faculty and staff and enrolls over 8,200 undergraduate students within 96 academic programs and over 3,300 graduate students within 36 academic programs. The Lindenwood University system is the home of more than 80 athletics teams, between St. Charles and Belleville campuses, competing in the MIAA, NAIA, and 23 other conferences.
Michael and his wife, Karen, enjoy the confluence between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, the City and County of St. Charles, the City and County of Belleville, and the rich culture of the Greater St. Louis area. Michael and Karen are loyal Lions and Lynx fans and now loyal Cardinals and Blues fans!
Contact the President's Office
Executive Assistant to the President
Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors
Memorial Arts Building
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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