(Belleville, IL) — After a six year stint, the head of Lindenwood University-Belleville is stepping down. Jerry Bladdick initially said he would be leaving in December. His earlier than expected resignation was brought on by a new job offer that he recently accepted. Bladdick will become the assistant vice president and director of continuing studies at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He will now resign in September. Brett Barger will begin to serve as interim president on August 1st.