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Welcome from the Director of Public Safety

Craig RussellEvery employee in the Department of Public Safety is committed to the safety of our students and our campus. We have an outstanding, well-trained staff that includes officers with many years of law enforcement or security experience. We have excellent working relationships with local police, fire, and EMS services. We constantly look for ways to improve how we utilize equipment, technology, and our people to keep Harding a safe community.

While Harding University has the resources one would expect in our security-conscious world, one of the greatest advantages Harding University has when compared to other universities regarding safety is the Christian environment that permeates every aspect of Harding, including the Public Safety Department. Harding's commitment to Christian values greatly reduces the number of security-related problems that are so common on other college campuses.

We always welcome the opportunity to meet students, prospective students and their families. Our office is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Please feel free to call at (501) 279-5000 or stop by our office in the Heritage Building on campus.


Craig S. Russell
Director of Public Safety

Public Safety


Located in the Heritage Center just inside the Market St. entrance


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