A Major Gifts Initiative for
Lindenwood University-Belleville

A Message From Our Campus President

Dear Donor,

Exciting things are happening at Lindenwood University-Belleville, and I’d like to take this time to share some of the university’s successes with you.

  • Lindenwood University-Belleville is enhancing the economic growth and strength of the Metro East. The economic impact of Lindenwood University-Belleville was more than $328 million in 2014, and the estimated impact of Lindenwood University-Belleville is more than $1 billion in the last six years.
  • Lindenwood University-Belleville offers an enriching student experience through real world, hands-on training opportunities. For instance, criminal justice students are accepting unique offers from organizations like the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois and securing internship opportunities through the United States Air Force’s 375th Security Forces Squadron and the 126th Security Forces Squadron.
  • Lindenwood University-Belleville graduates are more likely than other college graduates to be working full-time for an employer and engaged on the job. In a recent survey, 74 percent of participating Lindenwood alumni are working full-time for an employer, which is higher than college graduates nationally (70 percent) and graduates from other private institutions (69 percent).
  • Lindenwood University-Belleville’s flagship fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, won the W.T. Hembree Campus Leadership Award after being established for less than one year. In the fall of 2015, the group collectively volunteered 252 hours of its time and another 135 hours during the spring semester at events such as the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament in St. Louis, the Humane Society Orientation in Belleville, and the university’s Student Government Trash Pick-Up Day throughout Belleville.

With such enthusiasm surrounding the campus, it is an honor to announce the launch of Pathways to the Future, a major gift initiative for Lindenwood University-Belleville. The university is always pursuing new ways to improve the various facets of the Lindenwood University-Belleville experience. As such, with a working goal of $1,545,000 over a three year period, this initiative will focus on four project areas: (1) expansion of laboratory facilities with a new greenhouse and Makerspace (2) acquisition of land for future athletic fields/complex, (3) a film series, and (4) a new alumni garden.

I invite you to join me in garnering support that will provide students Pathways to the Future!


Brett Barger, EdD
Campus President


Lindenwood University-Belleville offers values-centered programs leading to the development of the whole person – an educated, responsible citizen of a global community.

Lindenwood is committed to...

  • providing an integrative liberal arts curriculum,
  • offering professional and pre-professional degree programs,
  • focusing on the talents, interests, and future of the student,
  • supporting academic freedom and the unrestricted search for truth,
  • affording cultural enrichment to the surrounding community,
  • promoting ethical lifestyles,
  • developing adaptive thinking and problem-solving skills,
  • and furthering lifelong learning.

Lindenwood University and Belleville civic leaders first came together in 2001 to make the dream of a four-year university in the Metro East area a reality. Following key partnership agreements and state approval, the university took ownership of the former Belleville West High School campus in 2003. By 2004, the university received approval to offer both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business administration, human resource management, corporate communication, criminal justice, and professional counseling. Beginning in the fall of 2009, Lindenwood University-Belleville became the only one of Lindenwood’s extension locations to offer daytime classes. In November 2011, the Higher Learning Commission granted Lindenwood University-Belleville full campus status because of its ability to offer all traditional university services on location. The campus now serves approximately 2,300 students, offering 30 different undergraduate and graduate degree options.

Lindenwood University-Belleville must embrace continuous change to meet the needs of an ever-changing 21st century academic landscape. Under the leadership of the current administration, and in partnership with alumni and the surrounding community, Lindenwood University-Belleville stands ready to implement such change.

I am thrilled to be partnering with Lindenwood University-Belleville for this major gift initiative. In 2002, I was fortunate enough to work with the committee to help bring Lindenwood to Belleville. Ever since the inception of the campus in 2003, Lindenwood has been a mainstay of our community, especially for the west end of Belleville. The university's commitment to education, students, and the Belleville community is an inspiration to all who live here. I encourage everyone to continue their support of this outstanding institution. Lindenwood has raised the value of our properties and has also improved our quality of life. Lindenwood students are very accessible, friendly, and have an outstanding volunteer spirit. Please join us in continuing our pathways to the future, not just for the students of Lindenwood, but also for the future of Belleville and the surrounding communities that we serve.

Patty Gregory
Gift Initiative Chair

The Opportunity

This fund-raising initiative comes at a vital time in the history of Lindenwood University-Belleville. The university is an institution that continues to grow at a time when many other institutions of higher education are strategizing how to manage declining enrollment. For this reason, Lindenwood University-Belleville must expand facilities and programming to meet the needs of the growing and diverse student body. This initiative will enable the university to manage these opportunities and continue on a positive trajectory of growth and improvement.

Four projects have been identified that will enable the university to continue its mission in a progressive and proactive way.

Expansions of Laboratory Facilities, A Makerspace and New Greenhouse ($750,000)

At Lindenwood University-Belleville, there is consistent growth within the Science Division as more students pursue degrees and careers within this sector. To accommodate this growth, the university must plan for additional facility space. Many professional industries in the St. Louis metropolitan area, with concentrations in the life sciences, are experiencing rapid innovation and growth. In fact, the St. Louis metropolitan area is quickly becoming a major biotechnology hub as organizations like the Coretex/St. Louis Innovation Hub and the Danforth Plant Science Center grow alongside companies like Monsanto, Bunge, Solae, and Sequoia, culminating into an exciting biotech community. Expanding and enhancing current facilities to include academic classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, a Makerspace, and a greenhouse will help the university produce graduates who are ready to contribute to what is quickly becoming one of the most vital sectors of our economy. The state-of-the-art lab spaces will be equipped with the newest instruments and tools, and will also serve as a Makerspace where students can learn through doing, while collaborating with their peers and across academic divisions at the same time.

"Dedicating a location on campus for a Makerspace will allow us to work more collaboratively across disciplines. As someone who is double majoring in biology and psychology, I can see how this would enhance my experience. Also, expanding lab spaces and having access to a greenhouse will offer more diverse materials to work with and learn from, allowing students and faculty more robust research opportunities."

Aaron Gauff
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Biology & Psychology Major

"It’s an exciting time for our students. Innovation and discovery are boiling under the surface. Students are immersed in the same creative, technology-driven, do-it-yourself “maker culture” resonating in tech firms and college campuses all over the country. This culture is one of collaboration, communication, innovation, and hands-on exploration of new ideas. An investment in a high-tech Makerspace is to embrace this power of creative energy and innovation, with a focus on the talents of our students and their search for new knowledge."

Brendan Leahy
Assistant Professor of Communications
Division Chair, Humanities

Acquisition of Land for Future Athletic Fields/Complex ($450,000)

With more than 80 percent of the student body participating in university athletics, athletics are a big draw for potential students and community supporters. Presently, many of the university’s sports programs practice and play at off-campus facilities. Purchasing land adjacent to campus dedicated to sports programming would bring athletics teams back to campus and provide for future growth. Additionally, by re-locating the current fields to this new, larger space, the existing sports facilities can be repurposed for the expansion of new academic programs and facilities.

"Bringing athletic facilities closer to campus will give us a stronger sense of a home field advantage since we currently play and practice at different facilities. I think it would bring more people out to our games and help foster a stronger sense of team spirit and pride because right now, we lack that sense of a home field."

Taylor Winn
Herrin, Illinois
Biology Major
Softball Player

Lindenwood University-Belleville Film Series ($245,000)

As a liberal arts institution, Lindenwood University-Belleville seeks to offer all students the opportunity to expand the breadth of their knowledge through multidisciplinary pursuits. The university is proud to have a very diverse student body representing nearly 40 countries from around the world and nearly every state across the country. Having the opportunity to establish a Lindenwood University-Belleville Film Series will fuse together social and educational opportunities for students in order to share and explain various points of view and cultures. The film series will also enrich the community at large as it will be open to the public. To make this film series possible, the Lindenwood Auditorium requires a significant equipment upgrade. This improvement will enable the film series, but also strengthen all of the events and presentations hosted in the Lindenwood Auditorium.

"Hosting a film series on campus will bring different groups from all across the campus together, no matter one’s major or other affiliations. There’s always that space between different groups that is sometimes hard to bridge, but a film series could be the bridge that brings all the different disciplines together, whether it’s to study or simply appreciate life on screen."

Jalen Taylor
Honolulu, Hawaii
Interactive Media and Web Design Major
Creative Writing Minor

Alumni Garden ($100,000)

Lindenwood University-Belleville occupies a historic facility known by generations of Belleville residents. Located on the former Belleville Township High School campus, today’s university is home to many high school and university alumni events, and other community programming and events. With such a rich history, Lindenwood University-Belleville desires to create an Alumni Garden to commemorate and celebrate high school and university alumni alike. This project is an opportunity for the university to create a gathering space for current students, the alumni, and community members, in an unused section of the campus, which will also contribute to campus beautification efforts. Additionally, the garden will serve as a living laboratory for students studying biology or horticulture, as those students and instructors will not only help create the garden, but also maintain it.

"Driving past my old high school and seeing how vibrant it is, is such a wonderful sight to see. Lindenwood University-Belleville does so much for our community, boosting economic development and providing closer access to a four-year education. The university is a positive asset to the community, and I am proud to be part of an organization that provided me with an excellent education, fond memories, and lasting relationships."

Kay (Fischer) Lippert
Lindenwood University alumna, ’66
Belleville Township HS alumna, ’63

Your Invitation

Lindenwood University-Belleville has had a very real and dramatic impact on the Belleville community. Not only does the university generate stable employment for the area, it helps populate the future workforce, produce servant leaders and volunteers, enhance community education and culture, and impact the economy.

As evidenced by the investment opportunities identified, Lindenwood University-Belleville consistently seeks new educational ideas that complement its inherent strengths, resources, and vision. The university is adapting to the changing environment of higher education in a global market, and will continue to produce high quality graduates who contribute to society at every level. We extend to you a personal invitation to invest in this great institution, a decision that will not only make an impact now but one that will forever change the lives of those the university serves. We invite you to join us in this initiative, which will provide students pathways to the future. Please join us in ensuring the success of this major gift initiative for Lindenwood University-Belleville.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Lindenwood University-Belleville
Office of Development

2600 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226
(618) 239-6033

"Something very special happened to Belleville when Lindenwood came to town. Along with thousands of delightful men and women students, this first-class university has given our community a lovely campus, dedicated teachers, an outstanding administration and volunteers for many of Belleville’s projects. Of course, the academics are of the highest quality. I am proud to be an advocate for the future of this vital institution."

Barbara Kern
Honorary Gift Initiative Chair


You can download various campaign materials here.

For More Information

Pathways to the Future
c/o Jennifer Ferguson
Lindenwood University-Belleville
2600 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226
(618) 239-6033

© 2017 Lindenwood University-Belleville

Garden photo on cover courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden