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7 Thomas Lindsay vs Shimer College

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Published on Feb 25, 2010

In 2008, through a yearlong process conducted by the Shimer College Presidential Search Committee, three candidates for the position of president were selected from a nationwide pool and a finalist chosen.

All three candidates and the finalist were rejected by an anonymous donor (since exposed as Barre Seid).

A fourth, Thomas Lindsay, was instead brought forward by Seid's longtime friend--Board of Trustees member and 1950s alum Patrick Parker--and rushed into the position. His salary and travel expenses were paid for through a gift by Seid.

In the fall of 2009, Thomas Lindsay disseminated guideposts to the internal community for a radical change in mission at Shimer College. As word leaked out to the broader community, opposition rose to this unwarranted and hasty change of mission.

On Tuesday February 2 2010, at 2 PM, Shimer College's internal community and alums from the area attended an informal and hastily convened gathering in Cinderella Lounge. Students and alums voiced opposition to the proposed change in mission. Thomas Lindsay was in attendance, although Parker and Seid were not.

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