Linnaeus Neal Hines, fourth president of the Indiana State Normal School, was born on February 12, 1871 in Carthage, Missouri. He grew up and was educated in Noblesville, Indiana. An 1894 graduate of Indiana University, Hines taught high school mathematics for seven years in Evansville and Indianapolis. The subsequent eighteen years were spent as superintendent of city schools in Union City, Hartford City, and Crawfordsville, Indiana. He earned a masters degree from Indiana University 1908.
Linnaeus Hines served in the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1918 until he assumed the position of president of the Indiana State Normal School on October 1, 1921. He succeeded president William Wood Parsons to this office.
As president of the State Normal School at Terre Haute and its Eastern Division at Muncie, Linnaeus Hines pursued various programs of importance to the growth and development of the institution. He fostered development of the rural training schools department at each institution, and to further expand the training school at Terre Haute and establish one at Muncie. During Hines' tenure as president the institution grew to become the Indiana State Teachers College and the Eastern Division was chartered as the Ball State Teachers College in 1929. Strengthening the faculty and academic programs of Indiana State produced accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges in March, 1930.
Linnaeus Hines served Indiana State as president for twelve years, resigning in June of 1933. After his retirement, he continued his service to the college as the institution's Director of Extension and Placement. Linnaeus Neal Hines died in Terre Haute, Indiana on July 14, 1936.
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