Welcome Harding University's new PresidentDr. Bruce D. McLarty was named the fifth president of Harding University Nov. 1, 2012. He officially began his role as president June 1, 2013.
McLarty received a bachelor’s degree in Bible from then Harding College in 1978, a Master of Theology degree from Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tenn., in 1982, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, in 2010. He joined Harding’s administrative team in 2005 serving as both vice president for spiritual life and dean of the College of Bible and Ministry. He served in the dual positions until 2008 when he transitioned to serving only in his vice presidential role.
Prior to joining the Harding faculty, McLarty served as a minister for congregations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. He and his family had also served 15 months as missionaries in Meru, Kenya, in East Africa. For 14 years, McLarty was the pulpit minister for the College Church of Christ in Searcy, Ark.
McLarty is married to the former Ann Hutson, a Harding alumna and currently a nurse in Harding’s Health Services Center. The couple has two grown daughters, Jessica and Charity.