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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Officially president

  • There's not a lot of people who say they want to be a Christian university president when they get their career started.
    But for Anthony Allen, that's what he wanted.
    And Friday, that's what he became.
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  • There's not a lot of people who say they want to be a Christian university president when they get their career started.
    But for Anthony Allen, that's what he wanted.
    And Friday, that's what he became.
    "I think, probably deep down in my heart, I knew long term, my career objective was to be a president at a Christian university," Allen said. "That's something you can't easily articulate from age 22. For me it was sort of something I treasured in my heart for a long time. I'm very thrilled to be here."
    Allen became the 17th president in the history of Hannibal-LaGrange University following the retirement of longtime president Woodrow Burt. Allen's been on the job four months, but Friday's inauguration ceremony made everything official for the new leader of the University.
    "Even though I began in June, this sort of marks the official start if you will of the welcome to the Univeristy family, to the campus. Very grateful to the four months I've had to come and get settled in, get started. Today's really a celebration about this new beginning for the University," Allen said. "It's hard to master your emotions when you come to an event like this, obviously it's not something you do every day in the life of an institution. There's some excitement, maybe a tad bit of nervousness."
    The new president admits there's a lot of history and tradition already built at HLGU considering its beginnings in the 1800s, but he plans to combine his plans and intertwine them with what's already been in place.
    As a private Christian university, if you look at the history of our education in America, without exception, institutions were founded by Christian denominations. Much of the education in America began with Christian education. Christian higher education still provides some very distinct and unique things to the educational experience," Allen said. "The goal is to leave this place better than we found it, making sure we strengthen all areas of our university for academic programs, our endowments, our buildings, our campus, so that when it comes my time to transition out, I'll be able to say I've advanced the institution in a very positive way."
    Allen and his wife, Stacy, just bought a home in Hannibal where they live with their five children.
    "My family and I, we really enjoy living in Hannibal," he said. "We're moved in and feel very part of the community."
    Follow on Twitter: @DominicGenetti #HLGUpresident
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