About Dr. David Burks
Dr. David B. Burks returns to the presidency after serving as chancellor since 2013. His Harding career spans more than five decades since joining the faculty in 1967. In addition to teaching accounting in the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, he served as dean of the college for 13 years and as director of American Studies for five years. In his first presidency from 1987-2013, the University experienced record growth in enrollment and giving. The goal of his administration was the integration of faith, learning and living.
He holds a baccalaureate degree from Harding (1965), an MBA from University of Texas (1966) and a Ph.D. from Florida State University (1974).
During his career, Burks has been active in national educational organizations. Most notable has been his leadership on the Higher Learning Commission on the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, where he served as a commissioner and chairman of the organization’s board. He also has served on the board of directors at First Security Bank, the Founding Council of Presidents of the Great American Conference, and chair of the Searcy Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Burks is an elder at College church of Christ. He and his wife, Leah, have two sons, Bryan and Stephen, and six grandchildren.