The Talented Mr. Spellmann

Lindenwood University's president may be a genius, a savior and a visionary. He may also be higher ed's worst nightmare.

"If you believe in psychic energy, I'm surprised he's not dead," says a longtime professor. "People would just joyously rip his throat. He talks about getting people off welfare and freeing them to succeed, and then he turns around and destroys people's lives."

You’d think they'd struck gold. Construction's booming at Lindenwood: Above, one of the new dormitories; soon to come, the $12 million Spellmann Center, honoring the man who made it all possible.
Jennifer Silverberg
You’d think they'd struck gold. Construction's booming at Lindenwood: Above, one of the new dormitories; soon to come, the $12 million Spellmann Center, honoring the man who made it all possible.

"The best thing Lindenwood could do is to thank Dennis and let him go and save some other college," remarks someone long associated with the university. "He saved the body of Lindenwood, but he didn't save its soul."

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