Timeline for HSU Administration
  • 1890 – Members of Sweetwater Baptist Association see the need for a college
  • 1891 – Mr. Vogel and Mr. Ambler donate 16 acres for school site
  • 1891 – February 18, Charter for Abilene Baptist College adopted
  • 1891 – November, Name changed to The Simmons College after donation by Rev. James B. Simmons of New York City
  • 1892 – February, Simmons College opens Although a college, also includes a primary dept. (grades 1-5), junior and senior depts. (6-8) and an Academy (high school).
  • 1892 - William O. Friley President
  • 1892 – September 13, First Collegiate Year begins
  • 1894 – Name shortened to Simmons College
  • 1894 - George O. Thatcher President
  • 1895 – Purchase of additional 18 acres west of original purchase
  • 1898 – O.C. Pope President
  • 1901 – Charles R. Hairfield President
  • 1902 – O.H. Cooper President
  • 1909 – J.D. Sandefer President
  • 1917 – Enrollment near 500
  • 1925 – Name change to Simmons University; enrollment of 1,263
  • 1925 – Graduate Classes first offered
  • 1927 – Admitted into Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • 1928 – Accepted into the American Association of Colleges
  • 1930 – One of the first Texas schools accepted into the National Association of Schools of Music
  • 1934 – Name change to Hardin-Simmons University following donation of $250,000 by the Mr. and Mrs. John G. Hardin
  • 1940 – Lucien Q. Campbell Acting President
  • 1940 - William R. White President
  • 1943 – Rupert N. Richardson President; Enrollment of 564
  • 1948 – Enrollment near 2,000
  • 1953 – Evan A. Reiff President
  • 1956 – Enrollment of 1,224
  • 1962 - George L. Graham Interim President
  • 1963 – James H. Landes President
  • 1965 – Enrollment 1,762
  • 1966 – Elwin L. Skiles President
  • 1975 – Enrollment of 1,772
  • 1977 – Jesse C. Fletcher President
  • 1985 – Enrollment of 1,835
  • 1991 – Lanny Hall President
  • 1995 – Enrollment of 2,379
  • 2001 – W. Craig Turner President
  • 2005 – Enrollment of 2,232
  • 2008 - Lanny Hall President
  • 2013 – Enrollment of 2,011 .


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HSU HISTORY

  The following books about HSU History are digitized and available:
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A Brief Document History of
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     Famous are Thy Halls
     Hardin-Simmons University
          A Centennial History

     James B. Simmons,
          A Foundation Builder

     Jefferson Davis Sandefer
          Christian Educator


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