By Vicki Brown
Anthony Allen, a 44-year-old administrator at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has been named 17th president of Baptist-affiliated Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri.
Allen, senior vice president for administration and chief administrative officer at the Southern Baptist Convention seminary located in Kansas City, Mo., was introduced to the public at commencement exercises May 5, a day after his unanimous election by university trustees.
Allen, who has worked at Midwestern since 2007, succeeds Woodrow Burt, who retires this summer. Trustees indicated he would likely begin work in late June or sometime in July, but an official starting date has not been set.
A native of Asheville, N.C., Allen was an administrator at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1993 until 2007, first as director of admissions and student recruitment, and then as assistant vice president for institutional advancement. He stepped up into the vice president post in 2005.
He moved to Midwestern as administration vice president and chief operations officer, and then worked as institutional advancement senior vice president before assuming his current role.