Ken Bissell is Senior Officer, The Harding Fund at his alma mater, Harding University, located in Searcy, Arkansas. In this role he raises funds for the private, Christian school. Bissell joined Harding’s Advancement team in 2011, his second stint as a university employee, after 21 years as a public relations/marketing director and senior manager with technology companies Dell, Lexmark and Acxiom.
A 1984 Harding graduate with a BA in Journalism, Bissell was sports editor of both The Bison student newspaper and Petit Jean yearbook and was the winner of the Neil B. Cope Sportswriting Award in 1981 and 1982. He began his career as an award-winning sports editor for two Arkansas newspapers, The Nashville News in his hometown of Nashville, Arkansas, and The Daily Citizen in Searcy, Arkansas, before returning to Harding as director of sports information and photographic services in 1987, which was John Prock’s last season as Bison head football coach. In 1990 he was assistant sports information director with the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville’s women’s athletic department while attending graduate school. Bissell serves the Downtown Church of Christ in Searcy as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He and his wife Renee, a graduate financial aid counselor at the university, have three children who are currently Harding students: twins Olivia and Aaron, and Zachary. Many Sons to Glory is his first book.