Our History

1924年,哈丁开始作为一所高级学院,当时有两所初级学院, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, merged their facilities and assets, adopted the new name of Harding College, 位于莫里尔顿的阿肯色基督教校园, Ark. 哈帕于1915年在堪萨斯州的哈帕成立,而阿肯色基督教会于1919年获得特许.

Upon completing a study which began in May 1978, 董事会批准了该研究的建议,将欧洲杯买球app软件改为大学, and on Aug. 1979年27日,学校正式更名为欧洲杯买球app软件.

The college was named in memory of James A. Harding, 纳什维尔圣经学校(现在的利普斯科姆大学)的联合创始人和首任校长, Tenn. A preacher, teacher and Christian educator, James A. 哈丁对基督教教育的热情鼓舞了他的同事和同事,这在欧洲杯买球app软件仍然是一个重要的传统.

With the merger J.N. Armstrong, who had served five years as Harper's president, became president of Harding College, and A.S. 克鲁姆担任阿肯色州基督教会会长两年,后来成为负责商业事务的副会长. 1934年,哈丁搬迁到阿肯色州西西市的现址.在以前的女子学院加洛韦学院(Galloway College)的校园里.

One of Harding's first graduates, George S. 1936年,本森从中国传教回来,担任母校会长. 这位精力充沛的教育家很快就带领学院摆脱了沉重的债务负担,走上了财务稳定的道路, national recognition and academic accreditation. When Dr. Benson retired in 1965, 在这所耗资数百万美元的校园里,他29年来孜孜不倦的服务更加明显, regional accreditation, a strong faculty, and a continually growing student body. Dr. Benson died in December 1991 and is buried in Searcy.

Dr. Clifton L. Ganus Jr., a 1943 graduate, served as president from 1965 to 1987. 曾任文理学院历史系主任及副院长. 加努斯通过领导校园改善和扩张计划,保持了他的前任追求卓越的动力. During his administration, enrollment increased from 1,472 in the fall of 1965 to 2,767 in the fall of 1986. Seven major academic buildings, four large residence halls, 一些已婚学生的公寓也建成了. 1984年,耗资100万美元的科学大楼增建工程竣工. 此外,还修缮和(或)扩建了六座学术大楼. The nursing program, the social work program, the Mission Prepare program, 圣经研究学院(在西西和拿骚设有课程), the Bahamas), 以及佛罗伦萨欧洲杯买球app软件(意大利)的项目都是在他执政期间发展起来的. In Memphis, Tenn., 宗教研究生院经历了显著的增长, received accreditation by the Southern Association, and added the Doctor of Ministry degree to its program. Upon his retirement, Dr. Ganus became Harding's first chancellor, and in his honor, 校董会将体育中心命名为克利夫顿L. Ganus Jr. Athletic Center.

Dr. David B. Burks became Harding's fourth president in May 1987. A 1965 graduate, 自1967年以来,他一直是学院的一员,此前曾担任商学院院长. 作为商学教授和美国研究项目主任. 伯克斯在1974年和1986年获得了杰出教师奖. A C.P.A., retired, Texan, and consultant, 他写过《欧洲杯买球app软件》. 他开设了基督教商业伦理课程,这是所有商业专业的必修课. 他拥有佛罗里达州立大学高等教育管理博士学位. Under his leadership, 这所大学在招生和捐赠方面经历了创纪录的增长, more importantly, 继续强调基督徒的仆人身份.

Dr. Burks retired from the presidency May 2013. 退休后,他成为欧洲杯买球app软件的校长. Ganus became the first chancellor-emeritus. Dr. 伯克斯仍然在校园里有一间办公室,在哈丁社区很活跃. 在欧洲杯买球app软件工作了73年后, Chancellor Emeritus Clifton Loyd Ganus, Jr. died on Sept. 9, 2019, at the age of 97.

Dr. Bruce D. 麦克拉蒂于2013年6月1日正式成为欧洲杯买球app软件第五任校长. Prior to being named president, Dr. 麦克拉蒂曾担任大学精神生活副校长八年. Before his work at Harding, 1991年至2005年,他在西西大学基督教堂担任讲坛牧师. 在来西西之前,他在田纳西州的库克维尔传教.; Memphis, Tenn.; Marks, Miss.; and Williford, Ark. 他和妻子安(Ann)也曾在肯尼亚的梅鲁(Meru)当过传教士.

Dr. McLarty graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in Bible from then Harding College. In 1982, he received his M.Th. from Harding School of Theology. He received his D.Min. from Ashland (Ohio) Theological Seminary in 2010. Dr. 麦克拉迪于1999年获得哈丁圣经与事工学院颁发的杰出校友奖. 他为21世纪基督教杂志撰写文章, Upreach Magazine, Image Magazine, The Gospel Advocate, and Harding’s Church and Family Magazine. In addition to writing articles, he also wrote a book, 信仰之旅:通过约翰福音与耶稣同行, that was published in 1997.

During his inaugural address Sept. 20, 2013, Dr. 麦克拉蒂创造了“使命社区”这个词,作为对哈丁的定义, is and aims to become. His presidency focused on bringing the student body, 教职员工共同作为一个社区,每天为上帝和彼此服务.

Dr. McLarty retired Dec. 1, 2020, and Dr. David B. 当一个更大的委员会成立,开始寻找新总统时,伯克斯恢复了总统的角色.

In June 2022, Dr. 迈克尔·威廉姆斯成为欧洲杯买球app软件的第六任校长. 威廉姆斯于1985年在欧洲杯买球app软件获得工商管理学士学位,后来又回到欧洲杯买球app软件获得工商管理硕士学位. 他在宾夕法尼亚大学获得教育学博士学位. 他于1987年开始在大学招生人员任职, was named director of admission services in 1991, 后来在2003年被任命为发展部副总裁. 威廉姆斯在2015年至2022年期间担任福克纳大学校长,之后返回哈丁担任校长.

When Dr. Williams assumed the presidency, Dr. David B. 伯克斯重新担任校长,直到2023年6月辞职并成为名誉校长.

At his inauguration celebration on Sept. 16, 2022, 威廉姆斯挑战大学社区的所有成员去发现他们的“灵感目的”,这句话根植于我们历史悠久的基督教使命中,描绘了我们对未来的大胆愿景.

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