About Harding

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    Worldly impact | Nearly 5,000 students from 49 states and 62 nations & territories come here to turn passions into service.

    Glance at quick facts
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    Caring for our Community | We seek to develop meaningful connections while fostering personal growth.

    Our character
  • Encouraging excellence since 1924 | Our established community poises you for service in your chosen vocation.

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Welcome to Harding University

Harding began as a senior college in 1924, when two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, merged their facilities and assets, adopted the new name of Harding College, and located on the campus of Arkansas Christian in Morrilton, Ark. In 1934 Harding was moved to its present site in Searcy, Ark. The board of trustees approved the study's recommended change of Harding to university status, and on Aug. 27, 1979, the name of the institution officially became Harding University. We are, at our core, a Christian university.

The character, example, and concerns of Jesus Christ are the standards that shape us and chart the course for our future. Because of this, an all-encompassing love for God and a corresponding love for people are at the heart of who we are.

Harding's mission is to provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals. Explore this section to learn more about our mission, our history and what makes us stand apart as a Christian university.

The President

The Board of Trustees, after careful and prayerful consideration, came to an agreement with Dr. Bruce McLarty to retire as President of Harding University effective November 30, 2020.

We are grateful to Dr. McLarty’s service over the past seven and a half years. He has made a powerful impact with his leadership, emphasis on community and commitment to living the Harding mission. Recent economic and higher education trends have created an extremely challenging business environment that has impacted the institution, leading the board to make a change. Chancellor Dr. David Burks, will bring his experience and proven business acumen back to the University as a guiding hand through these unprecedented times.

Dr. Burks stepped in as president on Dec. 1, 2020, and a committee will be formed to evaluate a broader Presidential search.

About the President