— Mike Williams
, a longtime administrator at Harding University
in Searcy, Ark., has been named the eighth president of Faulkner University
Both universities are associated with Churches of Christ.
After 29 years at Faulkner’s helm, Billy D. Hilyer
will move into a new role as chancellor. Hilyer announced plans last year to step down as president.
Williams, who served most recently as Harding’s vice president of advancement, will take over at Faulkner on June 1.
“Dr. Williams was selected to lead Faulkner University because he has proved he can reach beyond the reasonable, the tried and true and always achievable,” Bud Stumbaugh, chairman of Faulkner’s board of trustees, said in a news release. “One of many examples of this occurred when his previous university charged him with leading a five-year campaign to raise $105 million.
“The 2008 great recession made this goal look impossible. The institution exceeded the goal and raised $129 million. He has shown he can stretch and not stay stuck in the status quo. Our board is confident Mike will lead Faulkner not only to accomplish what people think can be done but what people think can’t be done.”
Harding President Bruce McLarty said: “I appreciate so much Mike’s love for and his commitment to Harding. His hard work and leadership have contributed greatly to Harding’s success in admissions and advancement.”