Hannigan to lead admissions team
The university announced that Scott Hannigan will serve as senior director of undergraduate admissions. Hannigan’s appointment comes after Glenn Dillard, former assistant vice president for enrollment management, retired at the end of September.
“I feel very humbled and grateful to be given this opportunity,” Hannigan said. “I have such a love for Harding University and her mission.”
Hannigan served as interim assistant vice president following Dillard’s retirement. He said personal communication is the name of the game for the future of admissions at Harding. The admissions team will utilize a new cross- platform communications software, personalized admissions viewbooks and continued market research. Hannigan said undergraduate admissions is also looking to focus on key recruitment areas within White County.
“I want us to be more aware of the Gen Z student and what they’re looking for,” Hannigan said.
President Bruce McLarty said Hannigan is well-qualified and equipped to take on the role.
“Scott has been a tremendously popular and successful recruiter for Harding in Tennessee for the past several years,” McLarty said. “He brings a joyous personality, optimistic spirit and strong sales and business background to what is one of the most critical positions on our campus. I am very much looking forward to working with him in his new role.”
$426K gifted for Gather to Give
Gather To Give, Harding’s annual fundraising campaign, raised $426,116 as part of Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27.
329 donors contributed to the total, which surpassed the goal of $200,000. The contributions come as gifts with specific designations as to where and how to be used.
“We were always prayerful and hopeful that we would meet and even exceed our goal, but we didn’t see this large total coming,” Bryan Burks, vice president of advancement, said. “This day of giving started with a goal of $24,000 in 24 hours a few years ago and has grown to over $400,000 this year. What a blessing to Harding and our wonderful students.”
Solar lights added to walking trail
New solar-powered outdoor lights don the walking trail on the east side of the campus near the disc golf course and intramural fields. According to Danny DeRamus, director of physical resources, the lights came from multiple requests to light that area of the walking trail, which runs parallel to Gin Creek and the back side of Village Apartments.
“We have been looking for a viable alternative to running several thousand feet of power cable and the high cost of that solution,” DeRamus said. “Solar seemed like the best solution that would solve the lighting issue.”
DeRamus said this is the first use of solar power of any kind throughout campus, and they will continue to monitor and consider areas where that might be the more viable and lucrative option.