Harding University Announces Leadership Changes

SEARCY — Harding University announced several leadership changes this spring across multiple colleges and departments.

The faculty leadership changes are a result of the University’s commitment to developing faculty for leadership roles. Department chairs are appointed for a five-year term to provide continual academic leadership opportunities among faculty within the various departments and colleges. The appointment may be renewed at five years or a new chair may be appointed.

Dr. Laurie Diles, associate professor of communication, has been named chair of the communication department effective June 1. She replaces Dr. Jim Miller who is returning to full-time teaching.

Dr. John Keller, art professor, has been appointed chair of the department of art and design effective May 13. He has been on the department faculty since 1979 and served as chair from 1999 to 2014. Keller replaces Daniel Adams who was named the new director of the Harding University in Greece (HUG) international studies program.

Dr. Brad Miller, professor and director of mechanical engineering, has been appointed chair of the department of engineering and physics. He replaces Dr. Zane Gastineau who was announced dean of the College of Sciences effective May 13.

The College of Arts and Humanities appointed Dr. Wesley Parker, music professor, as chair of the music department effective June 1. He replaces Dr. Cliff Ganus who is stepping down to return to classroom teaching.

The College of Sciences has appointed Dr. Cindy White chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry. Her appointment became effective immediately following spring commencement May 11. White replaces Dr. Dennis Matlock who will resume teaching full time.

Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents all 50 states and 50 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; graduate and professional degrees at the masters, specialist and doctoral levels; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. Harding is ranked #3 nationally in student engagement by the Wall Street Journal for 2019. For more information, visit harding.edu.

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