HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Executive Committee of the Hannibal-LaGrange University Board of Trustees recently announced the process for identifying the school’s next president.
The Executive Committee, which serves as a search committee, received an update on Tuesday, July 12 from Transition Chairman Rodney Harrison regarding the 2022-23 budget and the decision to announce the reinstatement of hours, pay and benefits for employees returning on August 1. 1.
“The austerity measures, together with the outpouring of support from churches, individuals, community and convention, are an important piece in the story of how God has kept HLGU’s mission alive” , Harrison said in a press release.
The search committee encourages qualified candidates to express their interest by July 29.
“We covet the prayers of Missouri Baptists as we begin this process of research,” said Mark Anderson, board chairman and pastor of Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. “Our greatest desire is to find the person for the Lord to lead HLGU in the years to come. God has been faithful in bringing us to this point, and we believe He will continue to be faithful in this searching process. I want to express my deepest gratitude for the overwhelming and sacrificial support we have received over the past few months. We confidently believe that God is at work at HLGU.
Anderson also expressed his gratitude to Harrison for his volunteer service as interim president while fulfilling his role as president of Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries.
“It has been a privilege to assist HLGU, but I truly look forward to being able to devote my full attention to the Baptist Home ministry to which I am called,” Harrison said.
A board-appointed task force has received weekly health updates since January from Harrison University.
“At the beginning of March, all financial indicators showed that the university was expected to close by the end of the month,” Anderson said. “In just four months, a revised business model was in place that is sustainable and scalable.”
Anderson said one of the new president’s first roles will be to lead the university through a strategic planning process.
The university’s March 3 financial forecast showed HLGU was 27 days away from depleting its $1 million line of credit while having outstanding bills of nearly $900,000. Closure of the university was a consideration during this time.
On the morning of May 2, Hannibal-LaGrange University leaders told faculty and staff they had raised $1.5 million and would remain open for the fall semester. Within hours of the meeting, administrators began calling individual faculty and staff into Harrison’s office. The university needed to let people go to help fill an additional $1.1 million in cost-cutting austerity measures.
Those interested in applying for the presidential position should send a resume and cover letter by July 29 to HLGU’s Office of Human Resources, 2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal, Mo., 63401 or email [email protected] . The review of documents will begin upon receipt and will continue until an adequate pool is established or until the appointment is scheduled.
Hannibal-LaGrange University is a four-year Christian university fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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