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Bryan D. Burks

Bryan D. Burks
Dean of the College of Business Administration


“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

Degrees, Licenses & Certificates:

  • D.B.A. in Accounting, Nova Southeastern University, 2006
  • M.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 1995
  • BBA in Accounting, Harding University, 1989

Academic Positions Held:

  • Dean of COBA, Harding University, 2002 to present
  • Associate Dean of COBA, Harding University, 2000-02
  • Director of Accounting, Harding University, 1999-2002
  • Associate Professor, Harding University
  • Adjunct Faculty, Webster University, 1998-2000

Other Positions:

  • Accounting Manager, Horace Small Apparel Company, 1992-95
  • Accountant in Audit Division, Ernst & Young, LLP Accounting Firm, 1989-1992

COBA and University Committees and Responsibilities:

  • COBA Executive Committee, Chair
  • COBA Assessment Committee, Chair
  • COBA Graduate Faculty Council
  • Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society Sponsor
  • University Executive Committee
  • University Dean’s Council
  • University Academic Leaders Committee
  • University Graduate Academic Affairs Committee
  • University Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee
  • University Information Technology Policy Committee
  • University Strategic Planning Committee
  • University Chapel Committee (2000-03)
  • McNair Program, Board of Directors

Courses Taught:

  • Accounting Principles
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting I and II
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Federal Tax
  • Federal Analysis
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Graduate Accounting and Theory

Professional Memberships:

  • American Accounting Association (AAA), 1998 to present
  • Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA), 1996 to present
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), 1995 to present

Community Activities:

  • Member of Searcy Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, United Way of White County
  • Harding Academy Advisory Board
  • President, Harding Academy PFTA (2005-06)
  • Vice-President, Harding Academy PFTA (2004-05)
  • Deacon, College Church of Christ, 1997 to present
  • Chair of Finance Committee, College Church of Christ (2006-present)
  • Teacher of Sunday morning College student bible class
  • Coach of several youth athletic teams


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