Eric Bruntmyer was elected in February 2016 by the Board of Trustees as HSU’s 16th President, succeeding Dr. Lanny Hall, who assumed new duties as HSU’s Chancellor.
Mr. Bruntmyer continues the tradition of embracing community engagement and service as a principal priority for HSU. Building upon foundations laid by his predecessors, his first year has been productive with the launching of capital projects including a $7M Campus Fitness Center and new University Apartments as well as the realization of a 16% increase in first-year student enrollment and achievement of the highest retention rate in HSU’s 127-year history. Guided by deep convictions and infused with bold vision, Mr. Bruntmyer’s leadership embodies the spirit of West Texas and the University’s call to live out her mission in providing an Education Enlightened by Faith.
Mr. Bruntmyer previously served as the Vice President for Financial Affairs for Dallas Baptist University. His passion for leadership in Christian higher education is born out of his faith and his desire to serve.
Mr. Bruntmyer, who did his undergraduate work at Texas Tech University, earned his Juris Doctor Degree with a concentration in Business and Litigation in 1994 from Baylor School of Law. In 2006, he also earned a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Accounting, from Dallas Baptist University.
Prior to his leadership at DBU, Mr. Bruntmyer was in private practice as an attorney.
Mr. Bruntmyer has been married to Elise, for 25 years; they have five children. The family are active members at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene where Mr. Bruntmyer co-teaches a Sunday School class.
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