Leadership & Governance

Shimer College Ousts Its President

April 20, 2010

The Board of Trustees of Shimer College voted on Monday to fire President Thomas K. Lindsay, a member of the board has confirmed on the condition of anonymity.

Marc Hoffman, Shimer's director of finance and operations, sent an e-mail message Monday night to students and faculty and staff members announcing that Edward Noonan, an emeritus trustee, would be introduced today as the college's interim president.

The decision to oust Mr. Lindsay follows recent votes of no confidence by both Shimer's faculty and its Assembly, the college's governing body. The directors of Shimer's Alumni Association had also called for Mr. Lindsay's resignation.

Board members declined to speak on the record, saying only that Shimer would issue a news release on Tuesday about its decision.

Mr. Lindsay, who was hired as Shimer's president in 2008, had tried to diminish the power of the Assembly, whose voting members include the faculty, administrative staff, and students. He could not be reached for comment.

Shimer is a Great Books institution in Chicago with about 110 students and 10 full-time faculty members.