James D. Evans, PhD
President of Lindenwood University
James D. Evans, an accomplished scholar, teacher, author, academic administrator and a successful behavioral consultant, has been the president of Lindenwood University since the summer of 2006.
President Evans joined Lindenwood’s faculty in 1974 as an assistant professor of psychology, and he advanced to the rank of professor of psychology in 1985. He was named dean of social sciences in 1994, dean of sciences in 1995, and dean of faculty in 1996. He was elevated to the post of provost in 2000.
Since becoming president, Evans has articulated a mission-based vision for Lindenwood – focus on students, strong academic programs, cutting edge technology, increased emphasis on student development and open and clear communication with the university’s constituencies.
Under Evans’ leadership, the administration has recruited some of the nation’s top university teachers for Lindenwood’s growing faculty, 80 percent of whom possess terminal degrees. He played an integral role in establishing the university’s first doctoral program, a doctor of education degree, and he is shepherding Lindenwood’s pursuit of additional doctoral degrees and medical degree completion programs. Under his leadership, specialized accreditations in the Social Work Department and the School of Business and Entrepreneurship have been obtained. To meet the needs of a diverse student body of 17,000, he has supported the creation of new academic programs in areas such as recreation administration, Chinese studies, digital cinema arts, technical theatre, fire and paramedic science, anthropology with an emphasis in archeology, healthcare administration and TESOL. He has overseen the launch of the Center for Distance Learning and the acquisition of the Higher Learning Commissions' recognition of Lindenwood-University Belleville's status as a full-service campus. He is especially proud of having authorized and promoted the university's student newspaper, The Legacy.
Evans is a catalyst for continuing physical plant improvements at Lindenwood. Under his leadership, the university has constructed additional residence halls, a new student center, and a major renovation and expansion of Harmon Hall. Two new extension campuses, in Wildwood and Downtown St. Louis, have been added during Evans’ presidency. Evans is focusing on improving the campus landscaping and beautifying all of the Lindenwood University educational sites. He has ensured that the university provides the finest educational technology through wireless Internet connectivity at all of its major sites and campuses. Additionally, he spearheaded the creation of the campus' first student commons and a new student-athlete center, which was built in conjunction with the university's transition to NCAA Division II.
Evans received his PhD in research psychology from Iowa State University in 1974; his MS in psychology from Iowa State University in 1969; and his BS in psychology from Geneva College in 1968. He is author of two books, and has been named to Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is on the board of directors of the St. Louis Sports Commission, Partners for Progress, the RCGA, the United Way of Greater St. Louis, and the Economic Development Center of St. Charles.
He and his wife, Lois, a retired educator, live on the St. Charles campus in the Lindenwood House. They have a daughter, Laura L. Luebbert, who resides in Ferguson, Missouri.
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