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Riggs Hall’s Heritage Room dedicated to Anne Spence

April 21, 2014 | Laura Prosapio


Evangel honored Anne Spence this week with a ceremony to dedicate the Heritage Room in Riggs Hall in her name.

The announcement of the Anne Spence Heritage Room came as part of several festivities commending retiring president Dr. Robert Spence and first lady Anne Spence.

The Evangel Ladies Auxiliary, which Anne served in a leadership role for many years, was instrumental in raising funds to renovate the Heritage Room in 2012. The room welcomes many visitors each year as a meeting point for campus visit groups, alumni and friends of the university.

Evangel’s student government committed their support to decorating the room and bordering display cases as a special project.

“It’s an honor for the Senate to do this for Mrs. Spence and for the university,” Senate President Paul Bayer says. “Since it’s the first year of the consolidated university, this is a good mark for the coming together of the three schools and is a reflection of the progress we have made.”

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Anne Spence addressed attendees at a ceremony to dedicate the Heritage Room in her honor April 21, 2014.

The room will include additional decorations and artifacts that celebrate the histories of Evangel University, Central Bible College and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University.

Anne served as first lady of Evangel for 40 years. Her legacy includes establishing a weekly meeting to pray for the needs of Evangel and leading the auxiliary through a number of special projects.

Dr. Robert Bartels, faculty advisor for Senate, says the dedication of the Anne Spence Heritage Room is a fitting tribute to a woman who has devoted much prayer and service to Evangel.

“For all she has done for students over the past 40 years, we give this back as a thank you,” he says.

Dr. Spence’s tenure as president will conclude April 30. He has agreed to an appointment as Chancellor of the university in a part-time role.

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