In February, Dr. Robert Walker, chairman of the board of trustees, announced the appointment of a presidential search committee made up of faculty, staff, alumni and board of trustee members to identify and recommend Harding’s sixth president.
CarterBaldwin, an executive search firm, also was hired to assist the board and the committee with the search process.
Shortly after the announcement was made, a survey was sent out seeking input from the Harding family.
“We have shared this search nationally among the Harding family, churches of Christ fellowship and higher education,” said Charles Ganus, vice chair of the search committee. “It was wonderful to hear from people and get their thoughts and responses.”
A presidential profile was created using input from the committee, board of trustees and more than 2,000 survey responses. Anyone interested in the position was encouraged to apply or submit candidate nominations before May 7. After the application process ended, the search committee and CarterBaldwin met to discuss the candidates and provide an update to the board of trustees.
Ganus said CarterBaldwin has been a wonderful resource during the process. “Of the searches done for faith-based institutions, they have led half during the last year and are very well-regarded. They have contacts with a huge number of people in higher education that they have helped get the search out to.”
During the summer CarterBaldwin is conducting interviews with semifinalists, and the search committee will determine the final candidates.
“The main message that we want to share is that the search is going well and is on schedule,” said Ganus. “We continue to solicit prayers for God’s guidance for the right person as Harding’s next president.”
To view the presidential profile and any updates on the search process, visit harding.edu/presidentialsearch.