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Inspired Purpose

Excerpts from Dr. Williams’ Inaugural Address Sept. 16, 2022 The men and women of 1924 who founded this institution were visionaries with inspired purpose. It awakened their imaginations and aspirations to envision a Christ-centered institution. It anchored their faith in God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. It propelled perseverance and tenacity as they overcame significant challenges and barriers. It fostered their courage in the
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Envisioning a bold future

By Mike Williams, president | Harding is deeply embedded in my DNA. I remember walking the Benson stage and graduating with my undergraduate degree as the first person in my family to graduate college. What a pivotal moment that was. I have walked over every inch of this campus giving campus tours. And my memories of those tours are not the towering, magnificent oaks or
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Certainty in changing times

By David B. Burks, president I want to thank our board of trustees for extending to me the opportunity to work with Har-ding once again during this period of transition. I am grateful to our faculty, staff, students and alumni for the support shown to me during this extraordinary time of change for our beloved University. COVID-19 has been our constant companion for the past
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A great cloud of witnesses

By David B. Burks, president The Lord has really blessed us this fall with a great spirit on campus. We are very grateful to have been able to resume in-person chapel, athletics and a full slate of campus activities. Our enrollment was up 7.6% to 4,970. I am grateful for every student who can be touched with the message of Jesus Christ. We began the
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Gratitude

By David B. Burks, president Completing the 2020-21 school year with five commencement ceremonies on the main campus instead of our normal three while handling COVID-19 protocols is just one example of the many ways this University came together during a very difficult year and made things happen. The joy was evident, and I am very thankful we were able to celebrate together. This is
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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
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Viewpoint: A culture of community

By Bruce D. McLarty, president What a year! Who would have dreamed before 2020 began we would be telling students not to return after spring break, planning diligently for their return this fall, turning Kendall Hall into an isolation dorm and the Heritage Inn into quarantine headquarters, having our fall planning sessions virtually, and that I would have a favorite mask given to me by
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Viewpoint: Thankfulness and longing

On March 6, we were still shaking hands. Students were finishing their last day of classes before heading out on their much-anticipated spring break. Many were heading home and others were going to help with tornado relief in Tennessee. On March 6, we had no idea how much our world would change before the end of the month.  The following Thursday, because of concerns relating
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Viewpoint: The Legacy Continues

It only seems fitting that after our last magazine celebrated the life of our beloved third president and chancellor emeritus, Dr. Clifton L. Ganus Jr., this issue’s cover story continues his amazing legacy. Dr. Ganus began his teaching career as a historian, later serving as chair of the department. In March 2017, his family established the Clifton L. Ganus Distinguished Chair of History and Political
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Viewpoint: Changing lives

“He is home.” With those words, Charles Ganus informed me that his father, Dr. Clifton L. Ganus, Jr., passed away surrounded by a host of family. While the entire Harding family feels a tremendous sense of loss, we also give thanks for the peace and rest that our beloved Dr. Ganus now knows. It’s impossible to think of Harding University without Dr. Ganus in the
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