HLGU holds groundbreaking ceremony


Photo courtesy of Hannibal-LaGrange University: Dr. Anthony Allen, HLGU president, along with other faculty members and students break ground on the new science, nursing and allied health building.

Rebecca Sneed/HLGU public relations

Hannibal – Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 22 for its new science, nursing, and allied health building.

“I have a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the excitement and growth of our campus and the opportunity we have before us to construct a new building here on our campus,” said HLGU President Anthony Allen.

“God has blessed the nursing division with record enrollments and new programs that led us to outgrow our previous space in the science building several years ago,” stated Anne Riggs, director of nursing. “Today, God is blessing us with the opportunity to break ground on a state-of-the-art facility that will enable us to better equip and train health professionals to serve our community, our profession, and our God.”

“Even with our old facilities, we have been very fortunate to have some very good students. Students who have gone on to become successful medical doctors, pharmacists, physical or occupational therapists, conservationists, teachers, and you can go on and on,” said Gerald Burkett, department chair.

Special guests that were present for the groundbreaking included Jenna Niemann of Klingner and Associates, McKenzie Disselhorst, Director of Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, Louis Vannatta and David Bleigh of Bleigh Construction, and Hannibal Mayor Roy Hark.

For more information on how to be a part of the new science, nursing, and allied health building, contact Anthony Allen, HLGU President, at 573-629-3252, or via email at