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    President's Council

    A group of dedicated donors devoted to advancing the cause of Christian education through faithful support and diligent service to Harding University


About the President's Council

For over 50 years, the President’s Council has represented a group of alumni and friends that are devoted to advancing the cause of Christian education through faithful support and diligent service to Harding University. In the spring of 1965, at the request of Dr. Clifton L. Ganus Jr., the Board of Trustees gave permission to organize what was originally called the President’s Development Council. Started with 67 families, the Council has grown to a membership of over 800 individuals and families.This group continues to represent the most generous group of donors to Harding University through their financial and volunteer support.

The President's Council Scholarship Fund assists students with a variety of financial needs, including academic, athletic, departmental and performance-related scholarships. With more than 80 percent of Harding's students requiring some form of financial assistance, this scholarship fund addresses Harding's primary commitment to the recruitment of quality students.

Gifts made to the President’s Council Scholarship Fund are unrestricted and therefore added to The Harding Fund. These gifts, along with restricted scholarship donations and endowed scholarships, help reduce the cost of attendance by one-third and make it possible for many students who otherwise could not afford their Harding education to be here. These young men and women leave campus prepared to serve God, their families and neighbors through their faith and work. Gifts by President’s Council members are not limited to unrestricted donations. Members can make restricted gifts to support specific programs, or to an endowed scholarship, which is regarded as restricted.

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We invite you to join the President's Council

The Council includes people who are committed to the mission of Harding University: to integrate faith, learning and living. From a wide geographical distribution, the University seeks additional men and women for Council membership who demonstrate interest in advancing the cause of Christian education and its potential impact on the world through their service to Harding University.

Members are asked to commit to a three-year donor pledge in one of the four giving levels to qualify for the Council. Members are also encouraged to participate in the bi-annual President’s Council meetings and events, although attendance is not required for membership.

Please call us at 800-477-4312 or email at to visit with one of our Senior Advancement Officers about joining the President's Council. Learn more in our digital brochure (pdf). You will be asked to fill out a New Member Questionnaire once your pledge is made. We would love for you to join!

See a listing of Senior Advancement Officers.

Membership & Giving Levels

The President’s Council meets twice annually, during Homecoming weekend in the Fall and Spring Sing (Easter) weekend in the Spring. Attendance is not mandatory, but members are encouraged to attend.

PC Spring Sing Events Spring 2022

We invite you to join us for the President’s Council meeting and activities on Spring Sing weekend, April 14-16. The weekend will begin Friday morning with the President’s Council golf tournament at Red Apple Inn & Country Club with tee-off at 8:30 a.m. We welcome you to join us for pastries and coffee beforehand in the clubhouse. A buffet lunch will be served in the Inn after the tournament. Register to pay individually or for multiple players. Choose "Spring 2022 PC Golf Tournament" and then "Register as Guest." Start forming your teams now! We will place you in a team if needed.

Enjoy the Spring Sing performance of "Moments" Friday night or on Saturday. See ticket information below. For PC codes for complimentary tickets to Spring Sing, please email

On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., we will come together for the annual spring meeting in Cone Chapel. We will adjourn at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy brunch together in the Founders Room. Register you and up to 3 guests.

Join us for other fun activities on the front lawn: food trucks, the annual Easter egg hunt, a spring vendor market, and visits from superheroes! See the schedule of all campus Spring Sing activities.

The Council includes alumni and friends who are committed to the mission of Harding University. This commitment is shown in the following ways: partners in our noble cause of Christian higher education, prayer warriors for our Harding community, goodwill ambassadors for the name of Harding University, mentors for our students, and providers of advice related to Harding’s well-being.

Commitment is also shown through financial support of the University. We are seeking a three-year commitment at one of the four giving levels.


David B. Burks Copper Level
Honoring Annual gift between $600-$1,499

Clifton L. Ganus, Jr. Bronze Level
Honoring Annual gift between $1,500-$4,999

George S. Benson Silver Level
Honoring Annual gift between $5,000-$9,999

J.N. Armstrong Gold Level
Honoring Annual gift of $10,000 or more

Member Benefits


All donors share one important reward for their gifts: the personal satisfaction of making an investment in the mission of the University. Every gift strengthens Harding University. The President’s Council is designed to acknowledge the loyal support of donors.

Benefits for members include:

  • Online newsletter highlighting events on campus and President’s Council-related news
  • Opportunities to provide feedback to the University
  • Invitations to meet and hear from the president at the semi-annual meetings
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Black and Gold Dinner in the fall
  • Tickets to the President’s Council tailgate lunch prior to Homecoming football game
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Homecoming game and Homecoming musical
  • Two complimentary tickets to Spring Sing
  • Name recognition on the President’s Council wall display in the Heritage lobby
  • Invitations to participate in various events throughout the year
  • Access to the private President’s Council News and Events Facebook page