President of Belleville campus is on un explained leave


Brett Barger became president of the Lindenwood campus in Belleville, Illinois in 2015.
Photo from the Lindenwood Belleville website

MITCHELL KRAUS Editor-in-Chief

Brett Barger, the president of Lindenwood’s Belleville campus, is on leave, according to a university spokesman. 

It is unclear whether Barger’s leave is paid or unpaid, or how long he will be on leave. Chris Duggan, director of marketing and communications, said in an email that he “cannot share any additional details” about Barger’s leave.

Calls to Barger’s office went to voicemail.

Belleville Provost Renee Porter will handle campus leadership in the interim. 

“The university leadership has full confidence in the staff and faculty in Belleville to continue to provide a quality education and excellent university experience,” Duggan said. 

Barger has been the president of Lindenwood Belleville since 2015, according to the University website. Barger holds three degrees from Lindenwood.