While supporters of Lindenwood University-Belleville toured the improvements to the building and grounds of the West Main Street campus Wednesday, school leaders announced new additions to the school's programs and activities.
Lindenwood Belleville campus President Jerry Bladdick said three new degree programs were approved by the Illinois State Board of Education this week: a bachelor's degree in education studies, an education studies specialist in education administration, which Bladdick described as between a master's and a education doctorate degree, and a master's of arts degree in school counseling.
"Five years ago we had 13 degrees, now we have 39," Bladdick said.
Bladdick also announced new sports programs: Men's and women's hockey, swimming and diving will be added to campus extra-curricular activities this fall.
Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert said he is thrilled by the growth at Lindenwood.
"Every time I drive by I am amazed about the constant progress," Eckert said. "You just have to smile as you look around."
Donors and supporters toured the Belleville campus Wednesday morning with a highlight being a just-finished project to renovate the cafeteria. Bladdick said it's the second time the space has been redone in the last three years to better accommodate a rapidly growing student population.