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Michael, a self-described futurist and undying optimist, was appointed as the 22nd president of the Lindenwood University System on June 1, 2015.
His appointment was made by the Board of Directors. Prior to Lindenwood, Michael served as president and professor at Emporia State University and senior vice president and associate 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 Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Western Illinois.
Michael has overall responsibility for the Lindenwood University System including campuses in St. Charles, Missouri and Belleville, Illinois along with 9 academic services centers in Missouri and Illinois, including the new downtown St. Louis location at the Old Post Office. 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, Dan Grigg, Vice President for Development & Alumni Affairs, Ryan Guffey, Vice President for Student Development, Joe Parisi, Vice President for Enrollment Management, 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 regional boards and advisory councils including: St. Louis Regional Chamber, Greater St. Charles County Chamber, St. Charles County Partners for Progress, St. Louis Sports Commission, St. Charles Economic Development Council, and the Commerce Bank Advisory Board along with a number of professional associations including: Council of Independent Colleges, Association of Governing Boards, Higher Learning Commission, and the Missouri Colleges Fund, Inc.
Lindenwood employs more than 2,148 full-time and part-time faculty and staff and enrolls over 9,700 undergraduate students within 69 academic programs and over 5,800 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
Memorial Arts Building
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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