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Apr 1

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Past Presidents

Michael D. ShonrockDr. Michael D. Shonrock

2015-2019

  • Launched the university's Strategic Plan, "Real Experience. Real Success," including the Q2 Hospitality / Service Excellence Plan
  • Initiated numerous enhancements to information technology, human resources, and facilities.
  • Commenced the university's Main Street Welcome Center.

James D. EvansDr. James D. Evans

2006-2015


Dennis SpellmannDennis 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. SpainhowerDr. 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 JohnsDr. Robert Johns

1979-1982

  • Applied conventional business model to help the college through rough financial times.

William Courtney SpencerDr. William Courtney Spencer

1974-1979


John Anthony BrownDr. John Anthony Brown

1966-1973

  • Founded Lindenwood College for Men in 1969. 
  • Convinced the Missouri State Legislature to provide state aid to students in private colleges for the first time in history.
  • Changed Lindenwood from a women’s college to a coeducational institution.

Franc L. McCluerDr. Franc L. McCluer

1947-1966
1973-1974

  • President of Westminister College in Fulton, Mo., when Winston Churchill gave his “Iron Curtain” Speech.
  • Dr. McCluer’s nickname was "Bullet" due to his oratorical skill.

Harry Morehouse GageDr. 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 and a plane and conducting blood drives.

John Lincoln RoemerRev. 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 HendyRev. John Fenton Hendy

1913-1914

  • Served as president of Oswego Women’s College in Oswego, Kan., for three years.
  • Pastored in Jefferson City, Mo., and for many years was considered the most influential minister in Missouri’s capitol city.

George Frederick AyresDr. 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 ReaserDr. 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 improvements.

William Sims KnightRev. William Sims Knight

1893-1898

  • Founder of a college in Carthage, Mo., prior to coming to Lindenwood.

Robert IrwinRev. 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. JewellMary 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 NixonRev. J. Howard Nixon

1870-1876

  • Served as pastor to U.S. President Benjamin Harrison when he lived in Indianapolis, Ind.

French StrotherProfessor 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. BarbourRev. 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 ScheneckRev. Addison Van Court  Schenck

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 SibleyMary 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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