Harding University announces new executive vice president

Harding University appointed Dr. Jean-Noel Thompson as executive vice president June 1. Thompson will serve alongside President Mike Williams as he begins his tenure.

“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 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 direct leadership experience in driving strategic planning and student retention efforts for each of these institutions. 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 a variety of education journals and has presented at a number of national conferences. Thompson and his wife of 30 years, Tonya, have eight children. 


Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents students from across the U.S. and more than 50 nations and territories. The University offers more than 110 undergraduate majors; 14 preprofessional programs; more than 40 graduate and professional programs; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Peru, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.

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