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Louis Riggs

Louis Riggs

Assistant Professor of English
Email: lriggs@hlg.edu
Phone: 573-629-3121

Brief Bio

Louis Riggs considers teaching at Hannibal-LaGrange University to be "an opportunity to help young people think, write, and argue clearly and persuasively from a Christian perspective." Teaching courses in composition, journalism, argumentation, and literature, he challenges students to communicate effectively in writing. He frequently draws on his 20 years of experience as a practicing attorney to teach students how to make a strong case for their viewpoints. Furthermore, Riggs acknowledges, "We're here to help our students find God's purpose for their lives. We are a community of faith."

Beyond his classroom responsibilities, Riggs serves as adviser for the campus newspaper, Horizons, as well as the pre-law adviser. He also serves on the HLGU NCA Steering Committee, is a former Faculty Representative, and is the founder of the Campus Community Connectors. He and his wife Anne have a daughter, Meredith, who is an HLGU student, and a son, Thomas, who is a student at Hannibal Senior High School. Louis and his family are members of Clover Road Christian Church in Hannibal.

Educational Background

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Further study: Masters, English and History, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.A., English, Westminster College

Awards and Achievements

  • Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Humanities Council and Co-Chair of the Council's Government Relations Committee
  • District Chairman of the Mark Twain District, Boy Scouts of America (Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Lewis and Pike Counties)
  • City of Hannibal representative to the Marion County University of Missouri Extension Board of Directors
  • Former Chair of the Board of Hannibal Free Clinic, Inc.; currently Chair of Fund Development and member of Board Development Committee
  • Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador; member of Education and Government Awareness committees; former member of the Board of Directors
  • Former Board Chair of the Hannibal Nutrition Center
  • Former Vice Chair of the Board of the Hannibal Main Street Program
  • Member of National Speakers Association
  • Multiple winner of People's Choice Award for Hannibal-Courier Post Favorite Newspaper Columnist
  • Endorsed by Missouri Right to Life, 6th State Representative District, 2002
  • Eagle Scout

Courses Taught

  • English Composition I & II
  • Introduction to Drama as Literature
  • Introduction to Law School
  • Journalism
  • Introduction to Newspaper Production
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Business Law (ADVANCE degree completion program)
  • History of Leadership
  • Introduction to Government

Contact Information

Academics Office