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Hardy: Interim Honors College Director

July 25, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Rick Hardy, political science professor, has been named the interim director of the Western Illinois University Centennial Honors College, effective Aug. 1, according to Interim Provost Ken Hawkinson. Hardy will serve a two-year appointment.

Hardy served as the chair of the WIU political science department from 2006-2010. He is currently a professor in the department. In 2007, he was the co-organizer of Western's first "The Road to the White House" Mock Presidential Election. Hardy has also served for three years on the University Honors Council and served as the pre-law adviser for the Honors College. Prior to joining Western's faculty, he was an associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri from 1985-2005, where he also served as assistant director of the Honors College from 1998-2006. He was the founder and director of the Institute for Leadership in Civic Education at Missouri.

"Dr. Hardy's credentials as a scholar and teacher, and his many years of administrative experience, will be a great asset to the Honors College as it enhances and expands its many programs and opportunities for our high-achieving students," Hawkinson said.

Hardy received his doctorate from the University of Iowa; his master's degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; and his bachelor's degree from WIU.

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