The $55 million Abilene Christian University received from its lead donors – including the largest gift in university history – began a series of construction projects that have transformed the campus.
April and Mark Anthony of Dallas, Texas, have an impressive reputation for building successful companies in the home health care field. April is a CPA and chair of ACU’s Board of Trustees. She is president and CEO of Encompass Home Health, which she founded in 1998, and CEO of Homecare Homebase, a software company she developed to support the technology needs of the home health care and hospice industry.
In 2013, April 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 former Wildcat golf letterman, Mark is senior vice president for sales and marketing of Homecare Homebase, and is a founding board member of the Encompass Cares Foundation, which supports worldwide medical mission efforts. His father, James E. Anthony, was an ACU trustee from 1979-97.
The Anthonys have previously contributed to endowed scholarships in business and intercollegiate athletics, 21st-Century Vision unrestricted projects, the Exceptional Fund, the College of Business Administration, the Centennial Celebration, the Body & Soul Program, ACU at CitySquare, and construction of the Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
The Anthonys’ $30 million gift is the largest in ACU history.