He graduated from Indiana University in 1894.
He was also the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1919 to 1921. He enrolled at Graduate School of Cornell University to take further post graduate work in 1899. Hines taught high school mathematics for seven years in Evansville and Indianapolis.
He spent the next eighteen years as superintendent of schools in Union City, Hartford City, and Crawfordsville, Indiana.
In 1908, he earned a masters from Indiana University. Superintendent
After teaching in high school Hines spent the next eighteen years as superintendent of schools in Union City, Hartford City, and Crawfordsville, Indiana.
In 1908, he earned a masters from Indiana University. Hines served as Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1919 until he assumed the position of president at Indiana State Normal School in 1921.
Indiana State Normal School
Linnaeus Hines became the president of Indiana State University at Terre Haute and its Eastern Division at Muncie on October 1, 1921.
Hines pursued programs important to the growth of the school. He promoted the development of the rural training schools at both institutions. With Hines as president the institution expanded to become the Indiana State University and the Eastern Division was charted as the Ball State Teachers College in 1929.
Because of the improved programs of Indiana State earned accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges in March 1930.
In June 1933, Hines resigned as president of Indiana State University after twelve years of service. He continued to service as Director of Extension and Placement at Indiana State University after his retirement.
Linnaeus Neal Hines died in Terre Haute, Indiana on July 14, 1936.