Mark Eckert | St. Louis Public Radio

Mark Eckert

Lindenwood Consolidating, Moving Daytime Programs From Belleville To St. Charles

May 13, 2019
After the president of Lindenwood University's Belleville campus was dismissed, several Belleville officials started worrying that the campus was in trouble.
File photo | Beth Hundsdorfer | St. Louis Public Radio

Lindenwood University announced Monday morning that it would be consolidating daytime undergraduate academic programs from its Belleville campus to St. Charles, Missouri, following the 2019-2020 academic year.

All Lindenwood-Belleville students will be able to complete their degrees at the St. Charles campus with all scholarship packages fully intact, including athletic scholarships. More than 350 faculty and staff members in Belleville either will be moved to St. Charles or offered a severance package.

After the president of Lindenwood University's Belleville campus was dismissed, several Belleville officials started worrying that the campus was in trouble.
File photo | Beth Hundsdorfer | St. Louis Public Radio

After Lindenwood University unexpectedly dismissed the leaders of its two campuses, several people — especially at the Belleville location — have been left to wonder what the departures mean.

The city of Belleville made a $3 million taxpayer commitment to Lindenwood University’s Belleville campus. So it’s understandable that Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert was concerned about the future of the campus when Lindenwood Belleville President Brett Barger was placed on administrative leave Nov. 1 without explanation.

The community’s concern was evident in several emails obtained by St. Louis Public Radio under an Illinois Freedom of Information Act request.

Mascotoutah Mayor Jerry Daugherty speaks at a news conference Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Daugherty is the current chair of the Illinois Municipal League.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

A dozen Metro East mayors are asking Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to reconsider a cost-saving measure in his proposed state budget. Rauner ran for office on a pledge to balance the budget, and has proposed cutting in half the amount of state income tax given to municipalities next fiscal year.