Lanny Hall

lhallLanny Hall, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, began his presidential journey at Wayland Baptist University in 1989 and moved to Hardin-Simmons University in 1991 where he served for ten years as president and two and a half years as chancellor. He then returned to Howard Payne University as president for six years, having served earlier in his career for three years as executive vice president and chief academic officer. In 2009 Lanny was re-recruited to return to Hardin-Simmons University as president, where he served until his retirement in 2016. He continues to serve as Chancellor.

During his 17 years as president of Hardin-Simmons University, he led several successful fund-raising capital campaigns, yielding more than $80 million. During his first term, the endowment increased by $40 million. During his second term, endowment increased by another $43 million.

Upon his retirement in 2016, the HSU Endowment and Similar Funds total exceeded $146,000,000. Under his leadership, various campus buildings were renovated and updated. New construction credited to his leadership includes the Shelton Stadium, the Hemphill Music Building, the Connally Missions Center and the planning and fundraising for Caldwell Hall and the Skiles Social Sciences Building. Also included are new improvements to the Woodward Dellis Recital Hall and Gilbert's Coffee Shop, situated in the Richardson Library. HSU gained significant regional and national recognition. The university was consistently ranked as a top-tier Western Region institution in "America's Best Colleges" in U.S. News and World Report. The HSU women's soccer team won the national championship in NCAA Division III in 2010. Several master's degree programs and three doctoral programs were added.

During his presidency at Howard Payne University, he was extensively involved in the planning and fundraising for the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center, the Doakie Day Art Center, the Outdoor Recreation Center and the Citizens National Bank Soccer Field. He led the completion of the largest capital campaign in the history of the institution.

Through the years Lanny led these three institutions in raising $100 million. Along the way, he served on the faculty of all three. He held the Haggerton Chair of Political Science and was Founder and Executive Director of the HSU Institute of Leadership. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Wesleyan University and Austin Community College. In addition, he lectured on the Texas legislative process at numerous universities, including the University of Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, Abilene Christian University, Tarrant County College, Hardin-Simmons University, Howard Payne University and Wayland Baptist University. He taught doctoral courses in higher education leadership at Texas Tech University, Baylor University and Hardin-Simmons University.

Lanny has been very involved in higher education professional organizations, serving as a member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and chairing the Board of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the International Association of the Baptist Colleges and Universities, the Texas Baptist School Presidents Association and the Texas Council of Economic Education. He served as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Texas Association of Colleges and Universities. He received the Founders Medal from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and was the recipient of the "Friend of Education Award" from the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education in 2010.

He has extensive expertise in higher education governance, having worked with more than 200 board members through the years. He is also experienced in strategic planning, campus master planning and developing fund-raising, retention and enrollment strategies. He has chaired numerous reaffirmation, substantive change and other special committees for the SACSCOC.

His distinguished 45-year career in education and government has included four years as a public school teacher, three years as a Congressional aide, including one year as special assistant to the House Majority Leader, five years as an elected member of the Texas House of Representatives, and two years with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas in the capacities of Director of University and College Relations and Deputy Director of the organization. During his five years of service in the Texas House of Representatives, he served as Vice Chairman of the Transportation Committee and as a member of the Higher Education, Public Education and Appropriations Committees. He was actively involved in healthcare, higher education and transportation legislation.

Lanny earned his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in Secondary Education at North Texas State University. While serving in the Texas House and working for the Teacher Retirement System, he earned his Ph.D in Educational Administration from the University of Texas in Austin in 1985. He completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 1996.

Lanny and his wife, Carol, live in Abilene, Texas. He joined Collegiate Counsel in 2017.