Faulkner U president resigns for top job at Harding
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Faulkner University’s president is stepping down in the spring to accept the same role at Harding University, his alma mater.
Mike Williams notified Faulkner’s board Wednesday of his decision to resign the school’s top post, The Montgomery Advertiser reported. It’s effective May 6 and he’ll take over as Harding’s sixth president on June 1, Faulkner University said in a news release.
Faulkner Board of Trustees Chairman Dale Kirkland congratulated Williams on his new position at the private school based in Searcy, Arkansas, and wished him well in his new endeavor.
“This decision has essentially ripped Lisa and me apart emotionally,” Williams’ letter of resignation read in part. “We dearly love the people here at Faulkner. We love her mission. We love the vision we have cast for the future. We know God has blessed her heritage and He will shepherd her future.”
Williams was named president of Faulkner, a private Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, in 2015, after spending 28 years at Harding where he served in multiple roles, including director of admissions, assistant vice president of enrollment services and vice president of advancement.
Faulkner said it will immediately begin a search for its 9th president.
“The board has confidence in the strength of the administration and faculty at Faulkner. We know this school is in strong hands. We will work diligently to get us through this transition,” Kirkland said.
The Board of Trustees is scheduled to convene Thursday to create a search committee.