New places for familiar faces

The summer saw continued changes in personnel as leaders transitioned into new roles and took on additional responsibilities.

Logan Light was named assistant dean of students with the oversight of social clubs July 8. This position was previously held by Kara Abston who remains an assistant dean of students but transitioned to become the new campus contact regarding chapel attendance. Light had served as director of campus life for almost 10 years.  

Dr. John Richard Duke was appointed executive director of the American Studies Institute Aug. 1. In addition to his education as a historian, he brings experience from six years of teaching in the Transnational American Studies program at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, which broadened his perspective on how people around the world view America. A faculty member since 2014, Duke will continue to teach as an associate professor in the history and political science department.

David Hall was named assistant vice president of enrollment services Aug. 4. He had been serving as the executive director of enrollment services since December 2020 and was instrumental in the initiatives the department implemented during that time. He continues to serve as manager of the Harding University Bookstore and Heritage Inn. 

Dr. Andrew Baker was named director of the Office of Community Connection and assistant to the president Aug. 17. The Office of Community Connection is focused on helping the Harding family better serve our neighbors in the community. As assistant to the president, he assists with the coordination of chapel and other special projects. Baker continues to oversee the Mitchell Center for Leadership and Ministry, Uplift and spring break missions.

Mike Steelman was appointed the inaugural director for the new accelerated Master of Architecture program Aug. 31. As principal architect with SCM Architects, a company he co-founded in 1985, Steelman designed the Farrar and Swaid Centers for Health Sciences, David B. Burks American Heritage Building and Ganus Activities Complex expansion among others. He also has been an adjunct in the architecture and design program for six years, creating practical learning opportunities as well as theoretical training for his students. 

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