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Past Presidents

James D. Evans

Dr. James D. Evans (2006-2015)
- Launched Lindenwood’s first doctoral program
- Established day college at Belleville, IL campus
- Significantly improved faculty and staff credentials and shared governance
- Transitioned athletics to NCAA Division II

Dennis Spellmann

Dennis Spellmann (1990-2006)
- Enabled Lindenwood to become completely debt free
- Began an ambitious building program that continued after he passed away in 2006
- Increased enrollment four-fold

James I. Spainhower

Dr. James I. Spainhower (1983-1988)
- Served in the Missouri State Legislature and as Missouri State Treasurer prior to his time at Lindenwood
- Served as the first chairman of the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund
- Renewed Lindenwood's historic allegiance to Judeo-Christian values

Robert Johns

Dr. Robert Johns (1979-1982)
- Applied conventional business model to help the college through rough financial times

William Courtney Spencer

Dr. William Courtney Spencer (1974-1979)
- Doubled enrollment to over 1,700 students during his tenure
- Initiated graduate programs in business and teacher education
- Started Lindenwood's College for Individualized Education

John Anthony Brown

Dr. John Anthony Brown (1966-1973)
- Founded Lindenwood College for Men in 1969 to increase the enrollment of men
- Convinced the Missouri State Legislature to provide state aid to students in private colleges for the first time in history

Franc L. McCluer

Dr. Franc L. McCluer (1947-1966) (1973-1974)
- President of Westminister College in Fulton, Missouri, when Winston Churchill gave his “Iron Curtain” Speech
- Changed Lindenwood from a women’s college to a coeducational institution
- Dr. McCluer’s nickname was "Bullet" due to his oratory skill.

Harry Morehouse Gage

Dr. Harry Morehouse Gage (1941-1946)
- Outspoken critic of Adolph Hitler before the United States entered World War II
- Encouraged students to help with the war effort by raising money for a ship, a plane, and blood drives

John Lincoln Roemer

Rev. John Lincoln Roemer (1914-1940)
- Refused the position of president three times before finally accepting
- Greatly expanded enrollment, and built six buildings during his presidency

John Fenton Hendy

Rev. John Fenton Hendy (1913-1914)
- Served as president of Oswego Women’s College in Oswego, Kansas, for three years
- Pastored in Jefferson City, Missouri, and for many years was considered the most influential minister in Missouri’s capitol city

George Frederick Ayres

Dr. George Frederick Ayres (1903-1913)
- Received $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie to build Jubilee Hall in 1907 (renamed Ayres Hall in 1927)
- Died while president

Matthew Howell Reaser

Dr. Matthew Howell Reaser (1898-1903)
- Was president of Oswego College prior to his time at Lindenwood
- Managed to increase enrollment substantially, reduce debt, and raise money for improvement

William Sims Knight

Rev. William Sims Knight (1893-1898)
- Founder of a college in Carthage, Missouri, prior to coming to Lindenwood

Robert Irwin

Rev. Robert Irwin (1880-1893)
- Added the south wing to Sibley Hall in 1881, and the north wing in 1887
- Established Lindenwood’s first gymnasium in 1890

Mary E. Jewell

Mary E. Jewell (1876-1880)
- Only other woman, besides Mary Sibley, to serve as president of Lindenwood
- Very little is known of her other than she later married A.S. Mermod

J. Howard Nixon

Rev. J. Howard Nixon (1870-1876)
- Served as pastor to U.S. President Benjamin Harrison when he lived in Indianapolis, Indiana

French Strother

Professor French Strother (1866-1870)
- Personally held a lease on Lindenwood College and spent a great deal of money on improvements
- Southern sympathizer who lost a lawsuit over the control of Lindenwood to the Northern Presbyterian Church

Thomas P. Barbour

Rev. Thomas P. Barbour (1862-1865)
- Convinced many parents that Lindenwood would be safe from the battles of the Civil War
- Resigned because he refused to take an oath of allegiance to the United States during Reconstruction

Addison Van Court

Rev. Addison Van Court  Scheneck (1856-1862)
- Son died in 1858, and was buried in the cemetery behind Lindenwood
- Father-in-law led the daily services for Lindenwood’s students

Mary Sibley

Mary Sibley  (1827-1856)
- Founded Lindenwood as a Presbyterian women’s college in 1827
- Her father, Rufus Easton, was one of the first judges for the Missouri Territory

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