ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Lindenwood University president Michael Shonrock was terminated Friday afternoon, the school's news publication reported.
Dr. Shonrock received a letter from the board of trustees chairman Dr. Michael Conoyer on Tuesday morning, telling him he was on administrative leave with pay. The letter gave no reason for his being placed on leave.
Shonrock and his attorney were in court Thursday to ask a judge to stop the university from placing Shonrock on leave, saying the board did not hold a proper vote on the matter.
During a break in the proceedings, attorneys for the university presented several hundred pages of documents regarding Shonrock. His attorney said they would need time to review the documents so they dropped their request for the court order.
The board of trustees voted to fire Shonrock on Friday. The board appointed Art Johnson to serve as interim president until a permanent replacement can be named.
It remains unknown what Shonrock's leave and subsequent termination were about.
The chairman of the Lindenwood University Board of Trustees released the following statement Friday evening:
Dear members of the Lindenwood University family of faculty, staff and students,
Effective February 8, 2019, Dr. Michael Shonrock is leaving his position as president of Lindenwood University. The Board of Trustees has appointed Art Johnson, former board member and vice chairman, to serve as the interim president. The Board of Trustees has also named current board member, David Cosby as vice chairman and formed a search committee to identify Lindenwood University’s next president. Mr. Johnson has already met with several members of the faculty and staff. He is excited about the tremendous passion, commitment and professionalism demonstrated in support of the University and the continued focus on enhancing the lives of our students by delivering a high quality education. Lindenwood University is a great place and the entire Board of Trustees thank you for your service to our students by creating real experiences leading to real life success.
J. Michael Conoyer, M.D.
Lindenwood University Board of Trustees