Harding University appoints assistant to provost for strategic initiatives

Oct. 31, 2022 |

Harding University has appointed Dr. Andrea Morris as assistant to the provost for strategic initiatives. Morris will serve alongside Dr. Marty Spears, University provost. In this new role she will work with faculty, students and the community to build bridges that lead to healthy and vital communities in Arkansas. 

“Dr. Morris is a valuable addition to the academic leadership team at Harding,” said Spears. “She has outstanding credentials and experiences, but I am especially excited about her passion for community and vision for Harding to further develop experiential learning opportunities for students in every academic field that prepares them to be change agents and community builders.”

Morris has served as a senior associate for the government in Washington, D.C., director of urban resilience for Arlington County, Virginia, founder and CEO of Morris Resilience Institute, a member of the administrative faculty at Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs and as partner of Tarragona Associates. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University, a master’s degree in urban studies from Long Island University and a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University. 

“It’s an honor and privilege to strengthen relationships with the community, building opportunities for more students to practice their degrees while investing and building community,” said Morris. “My ultimate goal is to establish Harding as the convener, connector and catalyst for the important conversations that need to happen in the region, and that includes challenges we may be facing as well as incredible opportunities that God is presenting us.”


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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