Larry Doyle (Mickie) was born in Fulton in 1942, and was raised on a small farm east of Auxvasse. His dad (Edward M Doyle) was a farmer who also worked a second job at A P Green Brick Company in order to provide adequately for Larry and his two older brothers (Jim and Jack). His mom (Anne Doyle) was a former school teacher who stressed the value of education. Larry did well enough in high school to earn college scholarships that opened the doors to the world for this naive country boy. He eventually worked or vacationed in all fifty states and 15 international settings, but was always perfectly content to call Missouri his home.
Doyle’s professional career has involved a combination of not-for-profit and free enterprise activities. After graduating from Auxvasse High School in 1960, he went to Hannibal LaGrange College to earn his Associates Degree and then to Northeast Missouri State (what is now Truman State) University to earn his Bachelor’s Degree and obtain a teaching certification in History, English, and Physical Education. He went on to earn two Master’s degrees, one from Mississippi College in Guidance and Counseling and one from Lindenwood University in Business Administration. Finally, Doyle earned his PhD in Educational Administration from St. Louis University. He combined an abiding interest in education and social service with a fascination for business entrepreneurship. After beginning his career as a teacher, coach and school counselor, he served as Superintendent of Schools in two large suburban districts (Ft Zumwalt and Wentzville School Districts) and administrator in two higher education institutions (Sanford Brown College and Lindenwood University).
A fiscal conservative, Doyle found his niche in working with educational organizations that were experiencing serious financial difficulties. In 1991, he joined Lindenwood University as it struggled to overcome years of mismanagement that left its very survival in doubt. For the next sixteen years, he served President Dennis Spellmann in a variety of management roles for the University, but his primary role was always to return the institution to financial stability through growth and expansion of Lindenwood programs throughout Missouri and Illinois. In addition, he founded Lighthouse Consulting Services, a strategic planning enterprise that has assisted numerous not-for-profit organizations throughout the mid-west. He has written two manuscripts used in the training and preparation of non-profit organization leaders. Now semi-retired, he continues to work with educational organizations dealing with quality improvement and operational efficiency issues.
Since 1965, Larry has been married to Dorothy (Gardner) Doyle from Laredo Mo. She has now retired after an outstanding career as a teacher and school librarian. They recently purchased their retirement home in Mexico, Mo. and will complete their relocation back to central Missouri in the near future.
Throughout his career Doyle has relied on a few basic principles to guide his leadership efforts. ”Surround yourself with excellent people, avoid fads in favor of tried and true approaches, and leave things better off than you found them. It’s the same common sense approach that I learned growing up in the Kingdom of Callaway.”