Lindenwood University has announced that Jerry Bladdick has been named the first president of the school's Belleville campus.
Formerly a vice president in the university system and chief operating officer of the Belleville campus, Bladdick was hired in 2009 to oversee the expansion of the Belleville location from a satellite campus to a full-service school.
"Jerry Bladdick's title was changed to reflect the scope of his responsibilities," Lindenwood University President James D. Evans said. "We are very pleased with his leadership in the recent growth of our Belleville campus, its student body, its faculty, and its programs. He and his team have shaped the campus into a full-service, high-quality liberal arts college located in the great city of Belleville."
Bladdick worked at Lindenwood's St. Charles campus in 1987 as director of admissions. He was hired away in 1994 by Fontbonne University, where he served as manager of that school's Institute for Professional Development initially. Later Bladdick became associate vice president over graduate and adult continuing education.
In 2009, Evans had Lindenwood vice president of human resources Rick Boyle call Bladdick to propose he oversee the expansion of the Belleville school.
"I could see the vision that Dr. Evans described for the Belleville campus and wanted to see it become a reality," Bladdick said. He described the opportunity as a "once in a lifetime" situation and said he couldn't pass up the opportunity.
When Bladdick joined the Belleville campus in 2009, there were only 13 employees. Today it has more than 100 faculty members and other staff.
Lindenwood leaders had tried unsuccessfully to start day classes in Belleville before Bladdick's arrival.
He got it off the ground with 100 students. Three years later, that number has grown to 800 and is expected to hit 1,000 in the fall.
The school serves 1,750 students including its night LCIE program -- Lindenwood College for Individualized Education.
Before the creation of the day program, the campus only offered graduate degrees in education and counseling. The LCIE program, structured in an accelerated evening format, was instituted at the campus in 2004, bringing with it degrees in communications, healthcare management, human resource management, criminal justice, and business administration.
Since Bladdick arrived, the number of degree programs has more than doubled. Now more than 30 graduate and undergraduate degrees are offered at the campus.
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