Student Development Personnel
Ryan Guffey, PhD, Vice President for Student Development & Global Affairs (ext. 4475), is responsible for overseeing Career Development, the Chaplain's Office, the Dean of Students Office, English as a Second Language, Freshman Experience, Health Center, Housing, Greek Life, International Students & Scholars, Intramurals, Security and Public Safety, Student Life and Leadership, Student Life Sports, Veteran Affairs, and Work and Learn, in addition to the university’s international affairs. He serves as the chief student development administrator and a liaison for student needs on the President’s Council. His office is located on the 4th floor of the Spellmann Center in the Student Development Suite.
John Bowman, BA, Director of Public Safety & Security (ext. 4687), oversees campus safety and security for all Lindenwood sites. The department is staffed by public safety officers 24/7 to facilitate a safe and inviting learning environment. Alongside the Dean of Students, he is also involved with campus disciplinary matters. His office is located at the corner of Kingshighway and Jefferson at 110 S. Kingshighway.
Timothy Butler, MDiv, University Chaplain (ext. 2935), provides pastoral counseling, coordinates the university’s campus ministry groups, and organizes chapel services and speakers. Further, he is available to help students considering a call to lay or ordained ministry. His office is located on the 3rd floor of the Evans Commons in the Student Life and Leadership Suite.
Michael Elam, BA, Director of Student Life Sports & Competitive Programs (SLS) (ext. 2263), is responsible for overseeing of M/W Billiards, M/W Bowling, M/W Cheerleading, M/W Chess, M/W Cycling, Competitive Dance, Men’s Ice Hockey, M/W Olympic Weightlifting, Men’s Roller Hockey, M/W Rugby, M/W Shotgun Sports, Speech and Debate, Synchronized Skating, Synchronized Swimming, M/W Table Tennis, M/W Water Polo, and Women’s Wrestling. He promotes academic and athletic success through budgetary, travel, eligibility, facility, and operational support. His office is located on the second floor of the Hyland Arena, room 218.
Michelle Giessman, Director of Housing (ext. 4848), works closely with the resident directors, resident assistants and dorm desk sitters to create a positive interactive environment for the students in Lindenwood residences. She is responsible for all new and returning housing assignments on campus. Her office is located on the 4th floor of the Spellmann Center in the Student Development Suite.
Emin Hajiyev, MBA, Director, Office of International Students & Scholars (ext. 4982), oversees the recruitment, visa obtainment, and support services for the international student body. He furthers campus diversity by facilitating the recruitment of students from over 91 countries. His office is located on the 4th floor of the Spellmann Center.
Erin Kalkbrenner, EdD, Director, Student Development and Department Assessment Officer (ext. 4993), supports student development operations and oversees assessment activities, ensuring meaningful student feedback opportunities for the Student Development Offices. Her office is located on the 4th floor of the Spellmann Center.
Angela Royal, MS, Director, Office of Student Life and Leadership (ext. 4983), facilitates campus activities via the scheduling of all on campus student activities, coordination of student organizations and the maintaining of both student facilities, the Loft and Evans Commons. Her office is located on the 2nd floor of The Evans Commons.
Terry Russell, EdD, Dean of Students (ext. 4980), is responsible for enforcing policies within the Student Handbook. He seeks to foster positive campus associations through the promotion of safe and appropriate student interaction. Further, he works with the campus maintenance staff, resident assistants, and resident directors to help maintain the beauty and legacy of the Lindenwood residential facilities. In addition, he directly supervises the offices of housing, public safety and security, and veteran’s affairs. His office is located on the 4th floor of the Spellmann Center.
Donna Simms, BA, Director of Veterans Affairs Center (ext. 4105), assists veterans in applying for education benefits and is the advisor to the Student Veterans Organization. She is responsible for maintaining accurate records and meeting compliance requirements as directed by the Veteran Administration and she supervises the Veterans Administration Federal Work Study program. She works closely with students to resolve any educational benefit matters or issues. Her office is located on the 1st floor of the Spellmann Center.
Mike Tolman, MS, Director of Work and Learn (ext. 4563), manages the undergraduate student work study program. He assigns work and learn duties, monitors timesheets submission and determines terminations for the program. In addition, he oversees the faculty, staff and student mail services on campus. His office is located on the 3rd floor of the Spellmann Center.
Dana Wehrli, MS, Director of Career Development (ext. 4806), assists with career exploration, the community work service program and employment recruitment fairs. She works closely with students to help them prepare resumes, job interview skills and personal presentation for future job opportunities. The Career Center is located in room 3175 of the Spellmann Center.
Shane Williamson, EdD, Dean of First-Year Programs (ext. 4728), oversees the First-Year Experience and the LUL 101 course for new first year and transfer students with less than 24 credit hours. Further, she works closely with those students who have either social or academic problems and assists them with resolution. Her office is located on the 4th floor of the Spellmann Center in the Student Development Suite.