University announces academic reorganizationPresident David Burks of Harding University announced Friday
a major academic reorganization of the University effective in
August with the beginning of the fall semester.
Included in the reorganization is the naming of a provost for the
University, formation of a provost council, creation of a Center for
Health Sciences, and creation of a College of Allied Health.
Burks announced Dr. Larry Long, current vice president for academic
affairs, would become the University’s first provost. Burks noted that
most schools like Harding with numerous graduate programs have a
provost serving as the chief academic officer.
“By naming a provost and a provost council, we will be giving Dr. Long
more time to make and direct policy decisions affecting the entire
scope of Harding’s academic programs,” said Burks.
Serving on the provost council with Long will be Drs. Marty Spears,
Cheri Pierson Yecke and Julie Hixson-Wallace. Spears will be associate
provost with responsibilities for undergraduate and institutional
effectiveness programs. Yecke and Hixson-Wallace will be assistant
provosts. Yecke will assume responsibilities for research and
graduate/professional programs. Hixson-Wallace will provide oversight
and direction of the Center for Health Sciences.
The Center for Health Sciences will include the College of Pharmacy,
the College of Allied Health, and the Carr College of Nursing. In
addition to serving as assistant provost, Hixson-Wallace will continue
to serve as dean of the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Cathleen Shultz will
continue to serve as dean of the Carr College of Nursing.
Burks commented, “Creating a Center for Health Sciences brings
together all of the health sciences for the first time in the
University’s history. This will be a much more efficient way to
administer these programs.”
Included in the newly organized College of Allied Health will be the
Communication Sciences and Disorders Program directed by Dr. Dan
Tullos, the Physician Assistant Program directed by Dr. Michael
Murphy, and the new Physical Therapy Program directed by Dr. Mike
McGalliard. The doctorate in physical therapy is seeking
Dr. Rebecca Weaver will serve as dean of the College of Allied Health.
She previously served as dean of the College of Communication.
In his announcement Burks noted the University’s continued interest in
adding health-related programs and degrees made the creation of a
Center for Health Sciences a very significant move in the academic