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Harding names business graduate school chair

By Lisa Burnett

This article was published March 13, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Glen Metheny

SEARCY — Glen Metheny will start the 2014-2015 school year with a new title attached to his name.

On June 1, he’ll take over as the chair of Harding University’s graduate program of business in the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration.

He currently serves as director of the Master of Business Administration program for the College of Business.

Metheny’s new position was created as a result of the retirement of Jimmy Behel, academic director of the Master of Business Administration program.

Metheny is no stranger to the business school. He is a Harding University alumnus and was an accountant for three years before coming back to Harding to work.

“I worked with undergraduate admissions for 12 years [at Harding],” Metheny said. “It was a sales job. Some kids are going to come to Harding no matter what, but sometimes you really have to sell it.”

After his 12 years in admissions, Metheny made a move to the College of Business in 2008 to work in its graduate program.

His role involves quite a bit of administrative work, Metheny said.

“I’ve been in charge of the office staff, budget and overseeing the marketing of the graduate program,” he said.

Though his new job title is different, Metheny said he’ll still be doing the same thing he’s been doing, but he will play a larger part in the academic side of the graduate program.

“Now I’ll be in charge of curriculum, our online learning management system, faculty, course scheduling and accreditation — things of that nature,” Metheny said.

Metheny also teaches six hours a semester in the College of Business. He teaches two courses for the business school: management skills and analysis, and managing people and organizations.

Behel and Metheny have worked together for the last six years, and Metheny said he has big shoes to fill.

“[Behel] is a very good friend, and he’s been an asset to Harding University’s College of Business,” Metheny said. “I’m very fortunate that I still have three months left with him. I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to work side by side with him, and even though he’s retiring, he’s just a phone call away.”

Metheny said he enjoys his time working at Harding University.

“It’s a great place to work,” he said. “It’s just a good environment to be around.”

Staff writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at (501) 244-4307 or


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