New college combines arts and sciences

Beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Sciences will merge to form the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Dana Steil, associate provost for academic affairs and associate professor of computer science, will serve as dean.

“The programs in the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Sciences have been the academic heart of Harding since 1924,” said Dr. Marty Spears, provost. “These programs offer rigor and quality from a Christian perspective that prepare our students well and have a reputation that sets our students apart. This strategic move going into the centennial year promotes a renewed focus on our traditional, time-honored academic programs.”

Steil came to Harding as a computer science faculty member in 2000. He has been named an outstanding teacher having earned the Teacher Achievement Award in 2011 and 2017. He was appointed assistant provost in 2019 and “has established himself in that role as a strong leader who is well respected by academic leaders and faculty across all colleges and departments,” Spears said.

Also effective for the 2023-24 academic year, the centralized support and services currently under University College will continue to be provided as the Center for Student Success under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Kehl.

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