Thank you for letting folks know about Lanny Hall’s challenges with cancer. I have been privileged to work with some great men across the years in my ministry. Lanny Hall is one of those. I was on the board of trustees when Lanny returned to Howard Payne as president. This was a return for Lanny, because he had earlier served Howard Payne as a vice president.
Much of what Lanny has done for Texas Baptists is hidden quietly in his accomplishments. His accomplishments and contributions are written in the history of three Texas Baptist universities: Wayland, Hardin-Simmons and Howard Payne. Each was at a critical time in its history.
Wayland was navigating tough financial waters. Hardin-Simmons followed with tough financial issues. Lanny came in with great grace and managed to get HSU on a more secure financial footing. Howard Payne was at a critical moment in its history when we called Lanny. Again with grace and encouragement to a fractured board and a struggling school, he led HPU to a more promising future.
In Baptist life, we have taken great pride in our institutions affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. It would not be an exaggeration to say when it came to the educational institutions, Lanny was a “first responder.” He did not shy away from the tough work, but again and again ran “toward” a struggling university. Thousands of graduates are the better for it.