ATU School of Business to Host Distinguished Speaker

Dr. Bill Hardgrave Exterior
Dr. Bill Hardgrave

Dr. Bill Hardgrave, president of the University of Memphis, will provide the fall 2023 Arkansas Tech University School of Business Distinguished Lecture Series address.

The event will begin at noon on Monday, Oct. 9, in Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, 1605 Coliseum Drive in Russellville. It will be free and open to the public.

Hardgrave was raised in rural Johnson County and graduated from Hartman High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Arkansas Tech in 1987.

He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in computer information systems from Missouri State University in 1990 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in management information systems from Oklahoma State University in 1993.

As a faculty member at the University of Arkansas, Hardgrave became an internationally recognized leader in the field of RFID (radio frequency identification). He established and directed the University of Arkansas RFID Research Center (2005-10) and was the Bradberry Chair in Information Systems in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas (2001-10).

Hardgrave later served as dean of the Harbert College of Business (2010-17) and provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (2018-22) at Auburn University before taking office as the 13th president at the University of Memphis on April 1, 2022.

Author of five published books and more than 85 journal articles, Hardgrave’s research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, BusinessWeek and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, among others. He has been awarded two patents and he has delivered nearly 200 invited talks worldwide to a total audience of more than 35,000.

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