Press Release

HLGU President Announces Retirement Date

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
by Carolyn Carpenter

Hannibal-LaGrange University president, Dr. Woodrow Burt, has informed the HLGU Board of Trustees that he plans to retire on August 31, 2012.  In their regularly scheduled September board meeting Burt told the trustees, “God has blessed me with the privilege of serving at Hannibal-LaGrange for 32 years.  As I begin my 33rd year with HLGU, and my 18th year as president, I want to thank you for the opportunity you’ve entrusted to me over these years.”

Dr. BurtSince coming to the Baptist college over 30 years ago, Burt has seen the campus experience many changes.  When he arrived as a member of the faculty, the school had a total enrollment of 369 students.  This fall the enrollment is expected to top 1200.

During his years with the school Burt has seen increases in enrollment, expansion of academic programs, construction of many new facilities, and the addition of several new athletic programs.  He says, “No one person has made this happen.  This has been a team effort.  Through God’s grace, the support of many wonderful alumni and friends, the backing of a great board of trustees, and the work of an outstanding faculty, staff and students, we have accomplished much.”

During his tenure with HLGU, he has held a variety of positions including faculty member, admissions director, dean of students, registrar, academic dean, chief development officer, executive vice president, and president.  Burt earned his Educational Specialist and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Burt told the trustees and HLGU personnel, “During this final year of my presidency, I believe we still have some significant work to accomplish, and with God’s help we’ll finish the tasks.”

 “I am grateful to have had the privilege of being a part of an absolutely wonderful Christian institution for over three decades,” Burt concluded. 

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations