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Phone: (325) ***-****  
Email: l***@***.edu
Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory P.O. Box 16185
Abilene , Texas 79698
United States

Company Description: Hardin Simmons University is a 2,500 student private, co-educational institution located in west Texas. Established in 1891, HSU has several unique distinctions...   more

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  • Ph.D. , educational administration
    University of Texas
  • Ph.D. Degree , educational administration
    University of Texas
  • bachelor's degree
    North Texas State University
  • master's Degree
    North Texas State University
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Dr. Lanny Hall, chancellor of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, served as acting president during the search for the interim president.
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Dr. Lanny Hall, President PO Box 16000 Abilene, TX 79698 Office: (325) 670-1227 FAX: (325) 670-1267
ICUT, Inc. - Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas, 29 May 2014 [cached]
Dr. Lanny Hall, Vice-Chair (term expires 9/14)
Dr. Lanny Hall, President of ..., 29 Mar 2009 [cached]
Dr. Lanny Hall, President of Howard Payne University was named President of Hardin-Simmons University today during a special called meeting of the Board of Trustees. Hall will be the 15th president in HSU's 118-year history as he returns to the university where he started as a student over 40 years ago.
Hall knows and loves the school and has an exciting vision for enhancing its academic excellence and facilities. He has extensive experience in fundraising and in the financial management of a university."
Hall began his administrative career in higher education in 1986 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Howard Payne, leaving there to take over the reins as President of Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. Hall served as President at Hardin Simmons for 10 years before being named chancellor in 2001. As Chancellor, he held the Haggerton Chair of Political Science and served as Executive Director of the HSU Institute for Leadership.
During his administration, HSU experienced growth in many areas, including enrollment, endowment, academic programs, and campus facilities. Under his leadership, HSU added numerous new campus buildings, including the Skiles Social Sciences Building and the Connally Missions Center. Hall also managed to more than double the University's endowment.
"Carol and I love the work in which we have been engaged over the last twenty years," says Dr. Hall.
Hall has a distinguished career in education and government. It includes service as a public school teacher, congressional aide, state agency executive, and university professor, vicepresident, president, and chancellor. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1984 and served in key government leadership positions at the national level. Hall earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas in Austin in 1985.
Dr. Lanny Hall, 15th ..., 1 July 2015 [cached]
Dr. Lanny Hall, 15th president of Hardin-Simmons University, announced his retirement in a letter to HSU's Board of Trustees dated July 1.
"After much prayer and consideration, I have reached the conclusion that I would like to retire on May 31, 2016," said Hall. "It has been - and continues to be - a very high honor to serve as president of this university I love."
Hall was elected as HSU's president for the second time in 2009 after previous service as HSU's 13th president from 1991 to 2001. Hall also served as HSU's chancellor from 2001 to 2003.
"I firmly believe that Dr. Hall has been an outstanding president, and we want to thank him for all of his positive contributions to the University during his tenure," said Jerry Sawyer, Chairman of HSU's Board of Trustees.
"Lanny has proven himself an effective leader time and time again. His shoes will be hard to fill," said Saywer.
During his 45-year career, Hall has enjoyed varied leadership roles in higher education and government, including service as a congressional aide; public school teacher; three-term state representative from Tarrant county; state agency executive; and university professor, vice president, president, and chancellor.
After earning his Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas in Austin in 1985, Hall's commitment to Baptist higher education has allowed him the unique distinction of serving three Texas Baptist-partnering universities as president during the last twenty-six years of his career: Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX), Howard Payne University (Brownwood, TX), and Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, TX).
Of all his experiences, Hall counts his 18-plus years at HSU as a particularly rich blessing.
"Carol and I treasure all the years we have been here," said Hall in a letter announcing his retirement to faculty and staff. "We all pray for the promising and bright future of HSU."
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