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David Burks

David B. Burks


"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him."
2 Corinthians 2:14

Degrees, Licenses & Certificates:

  • Ph.D., Florida State University, 1974
  • CPA, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, 1974
  • M.B.A., University of Texas, Austin, 1966
  • B.A., Harding College, 1965

Academic Positions Held:

  • Chancellor, Harding University, 2013 to present
  • President, Harding University, 1987 to 2013
  • Dean of School of Business, Harding University, 1967-1987
  • Director of American Studies Program, Harding University, 1967-1987
  • Professor, Harding University, 1967-1987

Recognition and Honors:

  • Harding University Distinguished Alumni Award, 1999
  • School of Business Outstanding Alumnus Award, 1988
  • Harding University’s Distinguished Teacher Award, 1975 and 1986
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • Personalities of the South
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

Courses Taught:

  • Christian Business Ethics; Business Policy; Organizational Behavior

Professional Memberships:

  • Member and past Chair of the Board of Trustees, Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Consultant/Evaluator for Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, 1986 to present
  • Member of National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Community Activities:

  • Elder, College Church of Christ
  • Past President and current member of Searcy Industrial Development Corporation
  • Member of Board of Directors, First Security Bank
  • Member and Past President of Searcy Kiwanis Club
  • Past president and member of Searcy Chamber of Commerce


  • General editor of Against the Grain, Harding University, 1998, Searcy, Arkansas
  • The Christian Alternative for Business, G. T. Press, Dallas, 1978
  • Strategic Management Simulation, a computerized business game, Harding University, 1973


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