President's Biography

Robert Lindgren

Robert R. Lindgren began as Randolph-Macon College’s fifteenth president on February 1, 2006. Since then, he has focused on increasing enrollment, revitalizing R-MC’s campus, helping to create new academic and co-curricular programs and increasing private support of the College. New student enrollment has increased by 25% during his tenure.  The College is currently constructing its 8th new facility, having also completed numerous major renovations, all totaling nearly $80 million in construction expenditures in 6 years.  Private support of Randolph-Macon has reached an all-time high during his tenure.  The College recently completed a $125 million comprehensive campaign, and alumni gift participation reached 40% in FY 15, placing R-MC 16th among all colleges and universities in the U.S.

President Lindgren came to Randolph-Macon from the Johns Hopkins Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations for nearly twelve years and led two of the largest and most successful campaigns in American higher education. Prior to Johns Hopkins, he served as vice president for Developmental Alumni Affairs for six years and chief development officer at the University of Florida for a total of ten years, and held prior positions at UF as Assistant to the President and Assistant Dean in the College of Law.

President Lindgren is actively engaged in the business and academic communities related to Randolph-Macon. He served on the Governor’s Higher Education Commission in 2010-11 and as the only private college president on the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Advisory Committee (2011-14).  Lindgren currently serves on the board of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, the World Affairs Council of Richmond and the Richmond Forum.  He has recently been appointed to the executive committee and Treasurer of the Annapolis Group, an organization of more than 125 leading national liberal arts colleges across the United States.  Lindgren serves as a member of Richmond’s Future Council of Advisors and also serves on the advisory board of Virginians for High Speed Rail. Lindgren recently completed a six year term on the board of directors of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, has served as a member of the board of the Richmond-based Partnership for the Future, and as chair of the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, where he led the group of 29 private colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.   He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).  Lindgren is also past chair of the Virginia United Methodist Conference’s Association of Educational Institutions, representing five United Methodist Colleges and one secondary school in the Commonwealth.

A native of Muskegon, Michigan, President Lindgren earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida in 1976 and 1981, respectively, and a master of philosophy degree in management studies from Oxford University in England in 1978, where he was the recipient of a Rotary Fellowship. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Florida in August 2012.

President Lindgren and his wife, Cheryl, have three children and a daughter-in-law: Jim (Sierre), Greg and Andrea, and are actively engaged with the Ashland community.