Two new trustees added to ACU's board


Abilene Christian University has added two new members to its Board of Trustees: April Anthony of Dallas and Stan Stephens of Keller.

Board chair Dr. Barry Packer said the new members will officially start their term of service in May. Anthony was re-elected to the ACU board after previously serving from 1997-2015.

“We look forward to welcoming April and Stan,” Packer said. “Both of them display a love and passion for ACU and bring with them great capacity to provide visionary leadership as we collectively lead the university in a governance role.”

Anthony is president and CEO of Encompass Home Health & Hospice, and Homecare Homebase. Encompass is the fourth largest provider of Medicare-certified home health care services in the nation. Homecare Homebase, L.P., is a provider of automation tools designed specifically for the homecare industry including point-of-care and back-office business process management solutions.

In 2015, Anthony received the sixth annual Innovator Award from the Healthcare Leaders Conference, an event attended by the top venture and private equity investors and CEOs from healthcare services and health information technology sectors.

Encompass was named No. 1 large company in the Dallas Morning News’ “Top 100 Places to Work” for 2015 and the No. 1 large company in the Dallas Business Journal’s 2014 “Best Places to Work” rankings. In 2013, Anthony was named top CEO for large companies in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal. She also received Ernst & Young’s prestigious 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year award.

A native of Houston, Anthony graduated magna cum laude from ACU in 1989 with a B.B.A. in accounting. While at ACU, she was a member and vice president of Tri Kappa Gamma women’s social club.

She is involved in a number of charitable organizations, including Encompass Cares, a nonprofit organization designed to fund medical mission efforts around the world.

She and her husband, Mark, have three children: Ashlyn, Luke and Allie. They are members of Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas.

Stephens is president of Stephens Pneumatics, which manufactures aluminum semi-tank trailers for the transportation of dry and liquid products, and Tankheads, which manufactures metal tank ends and baffles for static and pressurized tanks.

A native of North Richland Hills, Texas, Stephens earned his B.B.A from ACU in 1990 and his MBA in 1991. He was honorable mention all-Lone Star Conference as a quarterback for the Wildcats in 1988-89, and a team captain in 1989. Stephens still ranks in the university's Top 10 in career passing yards, completions, attempts and touchdown passes.

He serves on the board of First Financial Bank Southlake Advisory Board and Loan Committee, and Fort Worth Christian School, and is a previous trustee for Christ Haven. He is a member of The Champions Circle at ACU, and has coached youth sports teams for Keller Youth Association and Keller Soccer Association.

Stephens and his wife, Sherri, have four children; Justin, Shay, Kassidy and Josh. They are members of The Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills.

ACU’s Board of Trustees is the governing body for the university, and trustees are elected at the board’s February meeting each year. They are eligible to serve up to five three-year terms. Trustees are asked to contribute to various committees in which their leadership, expertise and influence are best utilized to set policy, guide the institution’s long-term direction and ensure it fulfills its mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.