Louis Riggs, J.D.

Associate Professor of English; Pre-Law Advisor; Standard Pathway System Coordinator

Louis Riggs’ academic experiences include teaching English Composition and Argumentation, Writing for criminal justice majors, Business Law to traditional and adult learners, Introduction to Law School, and Organizational Communications as well as the capstone course for HLGU’s online Master’s in Leadership program. He has also taught History of Leadership as well as U.S. History and Introduction to Political Science.

Mr. Riggs currently serves as president of the board of directors of Missouri Community Betterment, Inc., an organization that serves some 60 rural communities across Missouri to assist them with capacity building and community projects. He is also the founder and executive director of 2500 Miles of Art and Culture, the first organization in Missouri dedicated to blending art and the humanities to provide economic development through a series of place-based creative weeks across the state.

Mr. Riggs says, “In law, I was able to affect one life at a time. As a professor at HLGU, I am able to share God’s love and blessings with hundreds of students who are at various stages of their college careers.”

Educational Background

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1990
  • Further study: University of Missouri-Columbia, M.A. English, M.A. History, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
  • B.A., English, Westminster College, 1983


  • National Council for Teachers of English
  • Missouri Travel Council
  • Missouri Parks and Recreation Association
  • National Parks and Recreation Association
  • Northeast Missouri Development Partnership

Awards & 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


  • 50th Anniversary History of Missouri Boy's State Program
  • 120th Anniversary History, St. John's Lutheran Church, Hannibal, Missouri
  • Weekly current events columnist, Hannibal Courier-Post, 1995-2004