Dr. Thomas K. Lindsay is the former President of Shimer College. He was the Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities until December 2008. He is also the Director of the NEH We the People initiative, which funds programs, research and other activities that explore significant events and themes in U.S. history and culture, and advance knowledge of the principles that define America. Lindsay received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research has focused largely on the relation of democracy and education. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics and the American Journal of Political Science.

Lindsay has taught at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Dallas. At the University of Dallas, he also became dean of the graduate school and director of the Institute for Philosophic Studies, and subsequently was promoted to provost. In 2005, Lindsay became provost and executive vice president of Seton Hall University.