The President of Hannibal-LaGrange University announced his resignation Friday.

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In a press release, HLGU officials announced that Dr. Anthony Allen submitted his resignation after nine years of service, effective January 31.

Dr. Allen told the Hannibal-LaGrange board his decision to resign was a combination of a need to recover from some lingering health issues, to spend more time with his family and to give the opportunity for new leadership to move HLGU to the next level of success.

Dr. Allen said, "My love for HLGU, its students, faculty and staff has been and will always be strong. I wish the University the very best and remain committed to help it succeed in any way possible."

School officials say that during Dr. Allen's time as President, many new facilities were constructed and many remodeled with plans for new additions in the future.

The press release also states that Dr. Allen has been instrumental in guiding HLGU to remain faithful to its Christian mission, and helped lead important changes to the bylaws that help insure the continued strong and faithful relationship that HLGU has with the Missouri Baptist Convention.

The Hannibal-LaGrange board has named Dr. Robert Matz as acting president. Dr. Matz is currently Vice President of Academic Administration, Dean of the Faculty and a Professor of Christian Studies.

The school's trustees have begun the search process for an interim president.

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