Harding University

April 26, 2013

Chapel services held in honor of retiring president

Harding University held a chapel presentation honoring President David B. Burks April 26. Both the 9 and 10 a.m. ceremonies featured a celebratory service dedicated to the legacy of Burks, who will retire at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year.

During the service, Provost Larry Long reflected on the achievements of Burks and shared some of his favorite personal memories of him. Long highlighted building projects Burks was a key component in facilitating, his intricate involvement in developing the University’s health care education programs further, his interaction with state and world leaders, and his high involvement and interaction with University students.

In addition, a 10-foot-tall bison carved completely of oak was dedicated to Burks to pay tribute to his legacy. The bison, which consists of parts of five separate oak trees and weighs just less than 5,000 lbs, was created by Timothy Hogan of Fort Worth, Texas, and is the largest carved wooden statue of an American bison in the world.

The bison was purchased and donated to the University by the family of the late Paul R. Carter of Bentonville, Ark. Carter served on Harding’s board of trustees for 25 years until his death in 2009.