Williams said it did not quite feel real until he drove into Searcy. From 1987 to 2003, Williams served in a number of leadership roles within enrollment management. Angola Chad I think this is a special place and Dr. Williams is the perfect fit to lead this university. Kenya Zimbabwe, State * Cayman Islands Robert C. Walker, chairman of Hardings board of trustees, announced Williams appointment at a 3 p.m. Wednesday news conference in Searcy. higher ed Trinidad and Tobago {amount} donation plus {fee_amount} to help cover fees. Burundi Heard and McDonald Islands American Samoa

He said after living here for over 28 years, he considers Searcy home. Williams has served in numerous leadership roles in professional organizations.

Romania Colombia Robert C. Walker, chairman of Hardings board of trustees, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Michael D. Williams as the sixth president of Harding University. * He earned his Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Comoros I intend to reach out to our passionate alumni to listen, to engage and to mend relationships that need to be mended, Williams said. Williams is married to Lisa Runyan, a 1989 Harding alumna. El Salvador Tuvalu

He began serving on Hardings admissions staff in 1987, was named director of admission services in 1991 and was appointed vice president of advancement in 2003. He was later appointed vice president of advancement in 2003. Dr. Macau Paraguay Saudi Arabia "Not only are we maintaining our undergraduate enrollment on campus, but we also are getting increasingly involved in online [education], as well," said Walker, a surgeon at Surgical Associates of North Alabama. Because I believe what binds us together what binds this family together is so much stronger and so much bigger than what pulls us apart. He began serving on the University admissions staff in 1987, was named director of admission services in 1991, and later appointed vice president of advancement in 2003. The couple has two grown sons, Quen and Cade (16); and a daughter-in-law, Cailin. He brings vision, strategic thinking and the business acumen of an experienced university president. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Dr. Michael D. Williams was announced as Harding Universitys sixth president. Lesotho Hungary Two years earlier, the private university had student and dorm revenue of $89.3 million. Venezuela United Kingdom

South Africa Deeply committed to community development, Williams also has been involved in numerous leadership roles in community organizations. bill harding Arkansas Stumbaugh cited a five-year fundraising campaign Williams led at Harding that had a goal of $105 million. Western Sahara Williams said Hardings vision cannot be crafted by him alone. ", Print Headline: 1985 alumnus Williams to take helm of Harding University. The AP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing. We can dream all day long about what we think it ought to be, but really if the world thinks its irrelevant, it doesnt really matter, Williams said. Jamaica

It is absolutely humbling to be asked to serve as the sixth president of Harding. Equatorial Guinea Saint Lucia Niue South Georgia Williams earned both his bachelors and masters of business administration from Harding. We are pleased that he will resume his role as chancellor of Harding and work to assist in the advancement of our great University.. Antigua and Barbuda Williams said he officially accepted the presidency at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Isle of Man Nepal United StatesCanadaUnited KingdomAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarrussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos IslandsColombiaComorosCongo, Democratic People's RepublicCongo, Republic ofCook IslandsCosta RicaCote d'IvoireCroatia/HrvatskaCubaCyprus IslandCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEast TimorEcuadorEgyptEquatorial GuineaEl SalvadorEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland IslandsFaroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGreeceGhanaGibraltarGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard and McDonald IslandsHoly See (City Vatican State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People's Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacauMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesiaMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNetherlands AntillesNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestinian TerritoriesPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairn IslandPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunion IslandRomaniaRussian FederationRwandaSaint HelenaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovak RepublicSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth GeorgiaSouth KoreaSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan Mayen IslandsEswatiniSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaTogoTokelauTongaThailandTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUruguayUS Minor Outlying IslandsUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (USA)Wallis and Futuna IslandsWestern SaharaWestern SamoaYemenYugoslaviaZambiaZimbabwe, State Norfolk Island Seychelles "I just couldn't do that ethically," Williams said.

Tunisia Tajikistan Sri Lanka Williams will assume the presidency of Harding on June 1, 2022, receiving the baton of leadership from current president Dr. David B. Burks. Chile Williams professional career includes a previous tenure at Harding spanning 28 years. Malawi Honduras Saint Kitts and Nevis Vietnam Greece Guadeloupe Namibia David Burks, Harding's president from 1987-2013, stepped in as president beginning in December and will continue in that role until the arrival of Williams, who was hired after a nine-month national search. Contact Us There's a community that's vibrant and dynamic and inspiring," said Williams, who will become the sixth president in Harding's history. This family needs to come together. C. Walker, chairman of Hardings board of trustees. Dr. This consequential moment in our history provides us with a time to be introspective as we envision a bold and productive future, said President Williams. Mayotte Czech Republic Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Eswatini The couple has two grown sons, Quen and Cade, and a daughter-in-law, Cailin. French Polynesia Spain Canada Belarus We need to run towards broken humanity with the intensity of the holy one. Denmark Greenland Lithuania Poland Serbia Grenada The announcement is the culmination of a national search that spanned nine months. He will join our previous presidents in facing the challenges of higher education in the current culture yet staying true to our mission of providing a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.. Until then, Burks will continue to serve as interim president. British Indian Ocean Territory Andorra Burkina Faso Williams earned a bachelors degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration at Harding. Top Stories

Niger In 2008, he completed a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Botswana

Mexico Togo "Even in a declining marketplace, there's still winners and losers," Williams said. He aligns with our mission and understands our culture. A significant achievement of his presidency was the creation of the College of Health Sciences and the launch of a state-of-the-art autism center. Related: Freed-Hardeman, Harding report enrollment growth, The 2008 great recession made this goal look impossible, Stumbaugh said. Christmas Island He aligns with our mission and understands our culture. Estonia

Puerto Rico Turks and Caicos Islands Virgin Islands (USA) I look forward to collaborating with distinguished Christian scholars, extraordinary students and passionate alumni to envision a bold and robust future.. Qatar Belgium United States Gabon Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Robert C. Walker, chairman of Harding University's board of trustees, said in a phone interview that the search leading to Williams' hiring included asking students, donors, staffers and faculty members about what qualities are important in a president, with more than 2,600 responding. Walker said Williams perfectly fits the boards profile established for the Universitys next president. We are poised to enter a new era under the leadership of our sixth president, Dr. Mike Williams. We are going to let the church be the church, and we can still be a powerful influence in the kingdom of God while staying in our lane..

Malta In 2003, Williams was appointed vice president for university advancement, and two fundraising campaigns exceeded their goals during his tenure. Antarctica Iceland Egypt To contact someone on the Board of Trustees or the President's Cabinet, please email harding@harding.edu. Papua New Guinea A legacy that needs to be remembered and honored. We were shaped, inspired and mentored by so many men and women of deep conviction. Your donation helps us not only keep our quality of journalism high, but helps us continue to reach more people in the Churches of Christ community. Mozambique In 2008, Williams earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania after completing a higher education management program, which he called a "career-changing experience." But, the board of trustees did not appoint me to be a curator of Hardings past they asked me to champion her future. French Guiana Williams fits the profile as established for our next president perfectly, said Dr. Walker. Prior to his presidency at Faulkner, Williams spent 28 years at Harding, most recently as vice president of advancement. Australia But enrollment, excluding high school students, increased by 3.4% this fall, rising to 4,655 from 4,503 in the fall of 2020, according to preliminary state data. Kuwait Faroe Islands You can also sign up for daily e-mail news delivered every morning to your inbox. Trustees announced in October of last year that Bruce McLarty would retire in a month, with a letter to the campus citing "an extremely challenging business environment" as leading to the board seeking a change.