As a former human resources professional, he's seen work places that foster poor attitudes. Indian Hills isn't perfect, he said, but the culture has everyone pulling in the same direction, the direction that benefits the school and the communities it's assigned to serve. People must like it, he said. There's not a lot of constant turnover at Hills. In fact, Lindenmayer is only the third president of the school. He served in that position for 11 years.
There's enough talent among the young leaders at the college that he and other key figures are able to retire with confidence. The ultra-supportive board of directors has the same forward-thinking, community-minded attitude, he said.
"Other than my family, it's the best thing that's ever happened to me," he said. "If I were young enough, I'd sign up for another 30 years."
Lindenmayer plans to stay an indeterminate amount of time this year, until his successor is selected and mentored. When he does move out of the presidential residence, he will have a place to go. He has purchased a home in Ottumwa.
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