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    Inauguration

Inauguration

Dr. Bruce D. McLarty of Cookeville, Tenn., was inaugurated as the fifth president of Harding University Friday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. in Benson Auditorium on campus. The University’s last inauguration was that of Dr. David B. Burks in September 1987, and Harding commemorated the inauguration of President McLarty with a month-long celebration of events in September leading up to the inaugural ceremony.

Delegates from more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation represented their respective schools marching in the ceremony’s processional. More than 20 learned and professional societies were also represented. McLarty made his inaugural address themed, “A Community of Mission.”

His message centered on the University’s transition and its mission staying true to its core as a University founded on Christian principles. “While the future is beyond our sight, we can speak with a calm and settled confidence about our identity and our solid commitments as we move forward,” McLarty said. “So, in this place and on this occasion, we reaffirm Harding University as ‘A Community of Mission.’ This is what we have been, what we are today, and what we resolve to become.”

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