New dean for the College of Arts and HumanitiesDr. Larry Long, provost of Harding University, announced Tuesday that
Dr. J. Warren Casey has been named dean of the College of Arts and
Following a series of interviews with several candidates and
recommendations from Long, President David Burks appointed Casey to
replace Dr. Dennis Organ, who is retiring.
In October, Casey was also named dean of the Honors College, and he
will begin serving in this dual role June 1. He will step down as
chair of the Department of Music, a position he’s held since 2008. A
search will begin immediately for a new chair.
“I am confident that Dr. Casey will do a great job of leading both the
Honors College and College of Arts and Humanities,” said Long. “He
will work well with the chairs and faculty of COLAH, collaborate with
the circle of deans, and help promote the college. He has demonstrated
leadership in the music department and has been an active participant
in committee work, international travel, and campus activities. Dr.
Casey has a great knowledge of our campus and how academics work, and,
most of all, he is committed to our mission along with excellence in
the classroom and in ministry. I look forward to working with him as
he assumes these new responsibilities.”
A two-time recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Casey joined
the Harding faculty in 1982 after six years as director of bands at
Oklahoma Christian University. He holds the baccalaureate degree from
Harding and both the Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Oklahoma