Dr. Jean-Noel Thompson was appointed executive vice president June 1. Thompson is serving alongside President Mike Williams as he begins his tenure.
“I am truly honored by the trust and tremendous responsibility President Williams has given me in the role of executive vice president,” Thompson said. “Having worked closely with him for seven years at Faulkner University, I stand amazed at his ability to cast clear vision as well as to move a community together toward kingdom work. This is such a momentous opportunity for the University, and I am zealous to play a collaborative leadership role in our future. Harding’s unique combination of stellar faculty and staff, vibrant campus life, robust alumni base and an unwavering commitment to God’s truth played out in acts of faith is unparalleled. My family and I are humbled and blessed to be a part of this special community.”
Thompson previously served as vice president for student services at Faulkner University, Abilene Christian University, Grove City College and Grand Canyon University. He also was a member of the faculty and gained leadership experience in strategic planning and student retention efforts for each institution. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University and a doctorate in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University. He has been published in education journals and has presented at national conferences.
“Dr. Thompson is a highly talented, Spirit-led leader who will be intimately engaged with the entire University community,” Williams said. “He wants nothing more than to build a relational and supportive culture.”
Thompson and his wife, Tonya, have been married 30 years and have eight children.