The Legacy Relay

Sept. 15, The Legacy Relay began in Morrilton, Arkansas, at Harding’s original campus. Nearly 40 students — led by the cross-country team — ran more than 70 miles to Searcy, just as the founders passed the torch of Christian education on to the next generation. Many students also were positioned at key points along the route to cheer on their classmates.  As the last runner, freshman Abby White, crossed the finish line at the Harding College arch, the University community gathered to welcome her ...

Inauguration Celebration

On September 16 Dr. Mike Williams was formally inaugurated as the University’s sixth president in nearly a century. By Hailey Pruitt | Photography by Jeff Montgomery, Madison Meyer, Abigail Callicoat, Ashel Parsons, Julianne Baker and Grace Hurt | Videography by Jake Ward “A Harding education conjures up deep emotions and has lofty goals. After a time of prayer and reflection, I determined that my presidential motto would be: Inspired Purpose. Inspired — Anchored in our historic Christian m ...

A tale of two grandmothers

Holland-Waller family inspired to honor women of faith By Hailey Pruitt A tear glistened in his eye as Rodney Waller (’71) recounted the stories of his family matriarchs who willingly sacrificed because they believed in the power of Christian education. His mother, Joella Yurcho Waller, spent years praying for her children to attend Harding. “Christian education was a key factor in her life,” Waller said. Joella Yurcho Waller grew up in Horatio, Arkansas, the oldest of four siblings and valedict ...

Inspired Conversations with the Williams Family

President Mike and Lisa Williams invited everyone to join them for a time of coffee and inspired conversations following the inauguration celebration Sept. 16. We sat down with the family to learn how they have fostered Christ-centered connection around their own table. What do you enjoy doing together?  Cade: On Saturdays we will walk to the farmers market from our apartment in the morning, and we’ll cross their [Mike and Lisa’s]  house, buy our groceries, and go to Wild Sweet W ...

Lives of Purpose

2022 Alumni Awards Homecoming is a special time as many return to campus to reunite with friends and mentors and to remember and share stories in the place where it all began. As part of this celebration each year, the University honors alumni selected from a community of more than 60,000 who continue to live out Harding’s mission in their chosen fields all around the world. This year’s recipients continue the standard of excellence as they serve God, the church and their communities. Distinguis ...



ADMISSIONS Sydney Bryant joined the team Oct. 10 as a counselor for the South Arkansas region. She previously served as Harding Fund coordinator for the Office of University A ...

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By the numbers

Lectureship  99  years of Lectureship at Harding. Join us next fall for our special 100th year!  7 singing groups performed throughout this year’s event. ...

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Heard in Chapel

Sept. 1“When opportunity and wisdom meet, you get to experience wonder.”Dr. Andrew Baker, director, Mitchell Center for Leadership and Ministry  Sept. 7 “The biggest ...

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Danny DeRamus

Director of Physical Resources  By Grant Stewart Danny DeRamus is the director of physical resources for the University. DeRamus has been a part of the physical reso ...

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Slava Bohu!

David Kee (’85), associate professor of business, shares his Global Outreach experience in Sopot, Poland, in summer 2022. From afar, the war in Ukraine is a news blip and has ...

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The Centennial Campaign

Join 13,000+ donors who have given toward our $120 million goal We are now in the final year of the Centennial Campaign — a $120 million comprehensive campaign that prepares H ...

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Computer science for the cure

Profile | Keith Perry By Hannah Diles When Keith Perry (’89) graduated from Harding, he never expected his bachelor’s degree in computer science to find a home in the world of health care. Three decades later, Perry is the senior vice president and c ...

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Flying high

Profile | Kelby Tansey By Grant Stewart  Southwest Airlines employs more than 62,000 people across the country, so how could one compare its culture to Harding University? According to Kelby Tansey (’16), manager of recruitment marketing for Sou ...

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Looking Back


President Clifton L. Ganus Jr. and Mrs. Louise Ganus enjoy the inaugural dinner in September 1965. Dr. Ganus served as Harding’s third president until 1987.

Web Extras

Watch the interview with 100-year-old Harding Alumnus Eddie Shewmaker who enrolled in 1939, attended the burning of the Harding College mortgage and shared his memories with us.

Editorial Staff

Editor/Writer Hailey Pruitt, ’10

Art Director/Designer Todd Kiles, ’94

Copy Editor/Writer Luke Humphrey, ’20

Writers Katie Clement, ’16; Grant Stewart, ’17; Megan Stroud, ’19

Sports Writer Scott Goode, ’97

Photographers Jeff Montgomery, ’91; Madison Meyer, ’23

Videographer Jake Ward, ’22

President Michael D. Williams, ’85

Assistant Vice President for University Communications and Marketing Candice Moore, ’01

Contributors Joanna Crisco, ’97; Hannah Diles, ’24; Jordan Carmack, Pharm.D., ’14; David Kee, ’85; David Donley, ’10; Kit Moore, ’24