Dr. Michael D. Shonrock
Dr. James D. Evans
- Launched Lindenwood’s first doctoral program.
- Established day college at Belleville, Ill., campus.
- Transitioned athletics to NCAA Division II.
- Enabled Lindenwood to become completely debt-free.
- Began an ambitious building program that continued after he passed away in 2006.
- Increased enrollment four-fold.
Dr. James I. Spainhower
- 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.
Dr. Robert Johns
- Applied conventional business model to help the college through rough financial times.
Dr. William Courtney Spencer
- 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.
Dr. John Anthony Brown
- 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.
Dr. Franc L. McCluer
- 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.
Dr. Harry Morehouse Gage
- 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.
Rev. John Lincoln Roemer
- Refused the position of president three times before finally accepting.
- Greatly expanded enrollment and built six buildings during his presidency.
Rev. John Fenton Hendy
- 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.
Dr. George Frederick Ayres
- Received $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie to build Jubilee Hall in 1907 (renamed Ayres Hall in 1927).
- Died while president.
Dr. Matthew Howell Reaser
- Was president of Oswego College prior to his time at Lindenwood.
- Managed to increase enrollment substantially, reduce debt, and raise money for improvements.
Rev. William Sims Knight
- Founder of a college in Carthage, Mo., prior to coming to Lindenwood.
Rev. Robert Irwin
- 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
- 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.
Rev. J. Howard Nixon
- Served as pastor to U.S. President Benjamin Harrison when he lived in Indianapolis, Ind.
Professor French Strother
- 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.
Rev. Thomas P. Barbour
- 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.
Rev. Addison Van Court Schenck
- Son died in 1858 and was buried in the cemetery behind Lindenwood.
- Father-in-law led the daily services for Lindenwood’s students.
- Founded Lindenwood as a Presbyterian women’s college in 1827.
- Her father, Rufus Easton, was one of the first judges for the Missouri Territory.