ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene Christian University is welcoming the first woman to be chair of its governing body.

April Anthony, an award-winning Dallas entrepreneur and ACU alumni, has worked on the board for almost two decades. She will serve as chair elect until the Board of Trustees meeting in February, where she will succeed Dr. Barry Packer who has served as the ACU board chair since 2010.

Packer said, “April has demonstrated tremendous leadership on our board for nearly two decades, and has gained everyone’s respect for her ability to navigate the challenges and opportunities of higher education.”

Through her work in the home healthcare industry, Anthony has seen much success leading her to be named ACU’s 2018 Outstanding Alumna of the Year. She is the CEO of Encompass Home Health & Hospice, the fourth largest provider of Medicare certified home health care services in the nation, and Homecare Homebase. 

Some of her other achievements include receiving the Ernst & Young’s prestigious 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year award and the sixth annual Innovator Award from the Healthcare Leaders Conference in 2015.

Anthony is honored and humbled to have been elected to serve as the next chair. She says, “I have loved my work on the board for the better part of the last 19 years, and look forward to working alongside them and the administration to advance the critical mission of ACU to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.”