A time of transition

By David B. Burks, president Since being asked by the board of trustees to assume the responsibility of president in November, I have been overwhelmed by your emails, phone calls and texts. Thank you for your support, your prayers and your love for Harding. I would like to express thanks to Dr. Bruce McLarty for his many years of service to the Harding family. He has a great love and passion for t ...

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Back in the saddle again

Interview by Jantzen Haley | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Dr. David B. Burks returned to the role of president Dec. 1, 2020, after serving as chancellor since 2013. His Har­ding career spans more than five decades since joining the faculty in 1967. In addition to teaching accounting in the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, he served as dean of the college for 13 years and as director of American Studies for five years. Focused on the integration of faith, learning and living, Burks led the University to record growth in enrollment and giving during his first administration. He has held leadership positions on the Higher Learning Commission, on the North Central Associati ...

Pursuing a shortened pathway to Pharmacy

By Jeff Mercer, dean of the College of Pharmacy | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | This May, the College of Pharmacy will graduate its 10th class of Doctor of Pharmacy students. They will join hundreds of other Harding-trained pharmacists who are caring for patients at practice sites throughout the nation at a time when frontline health providers are needed the most. Dr. Wali Abdul, a 2020 graduate and now community pharmacist at Kroger in Mesquite, Texas, says, “Being a pharmacist is more important than ever before. Harding prepared me to take on the added responsibility of immunizing patients in my home community during the pandemic.” Pharmacy practice has changed significantly over t ...

A man of mission

Compiled by Tom Buterbaugh | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Dr. Bruce McLarty’s inaugural address theme “A Community of Mission” will forever be part of the legacy our fifth president leaves at the University, saying that it is what we are and what we aspire to be. His love for his alma mater was clear in that speech and also in his daily life as he fulfilled the duties of president. Toward the end of his 2010 book Embracing the Mission, McLarty wrote, “Working at Harding is so much more than a job; it is being part of a Christian community.” It was always visible how well he embraced this community, whether it was stopping by an office to say hello or fellowshipping with students on the s ...

Rhodes finalist

2019 alumnus Taylor Brown affects social services policy worldwide By Megan Stroud | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | During his senior social work field placement, Taylor Brown (’19) got his first taste of social policy, an experience that is changing the trajectory of his career. Along his pathway to career and educational goals, he was named a Rhodes scholar finalist for the prestigious international postgraduate award where 32 students are chosen as scholars to study at the University of Oxford in England. While finalists are not chosen to receive funding, that has not slowed him down. Brown is continuing to work in social policy with government agencies and international organizations t ...

Holiday housing

As the on-campus portion of the semester ended Nov. 20, a number of students remained on campus thro ...

Newsmakers

ADMISSIONS David Hall, manager of the Bookstore, also was named executive director of enrollment ser ...

Spotlight: Tim Hamilton

Tim Hamilton is an assistant professor of communication and multimedia producer for the University. ...

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HU16 is now available as an app on Roku devices. The app allows users on any Roku system to watch li ...

HU Online established

President David Burks announced the expansion of the University’s educational offerings with the cre ...

Humble servant

Jerome Barnes | 1934-2020 By Michael Justus, Student Association president 1973-74 In a world that l ...

Bisons back in the herd

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information Every year, more than 100 new students come to Searcy because they have been given a chance to participate in intercollegiate athleti ...

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Life in the COVID-19 hall

By Shannon Overcash, Kendall Hall residence life coordinator Nothing could have prepared me for what I was walking into when I was offered the position of residence life coordinator in Kendall Hall. COVID-19 was still relatively new, and I had not been exposed to anyone who had the virus. Before I knew it, I said yes and jumped in with both feet. I’m glad I did. This position has brought with it g ...

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