Harding’s president selected for national board

Harding’s president selected for national board

Searcy, Ark. — Dr. David Burks, president of Harding University, was recently elected Tuesday (Feb. 3) to the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Burks was elected to a three-year term, which begins this month. His first meeting with the organization’s governing body was at NAICU’s February annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Burks has been president of Harding since 1987 and has been a member of the faculty since 1967. He is a member and past chair of the board of trustees of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

During his tenure as president Harding’s enrollment has grown from 2,997 to 6,510; the endowment has grown more than 500 percent $101 million; and the operating budget has increased from $24 million to $88 million.

NAICU is the national voice of independent higher education.  With nearly 1,000 members nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.

Members include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges and universities, women’s colleges, performing and visual arts institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.