SEARCY, Ark. — Harding Academy Vice President and Superintendent James Simmons has announced he will be retiring at the end of this academic year. He will continue to serve as superintendent through graduation on May 10.

“James Simmons has served as superintendent at Harding Academy for 12 years,” said Harding University President David Burks. “During his time a number of new programs have been initiated, and we enjoyed a great deal of success. Please join me in congratulating him on his 12 years of service to the Academy and wish him well as he moves forward to the next chapter of his life.”

An announcement with more details regarding the formation of a search committee will be made soon.

About Harding Academy

Harding Academy is a private Christian school operated by Harding University for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Harding Academy strives to be a Christ-centered school that cultivates a love for learning, while educating the heart and mind for eternity. Located in Searcy, Arkansas, the Academy is accredited by AdvanceEd (district specific), Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (ANSAA), and National Christian School Association (NCSA). For more information, visit