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The College of the Humanities and Sciences, Harrison Middleton University is dedicated to the memory of Willis Speight Harrison, and Arthur Middleton.

Willis Speight Harrison was a 1938 graduate of the School of Journalism University of North Carolina. He also served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Pacific during World War II, winning  the Legion of Merit for Valor. His career in Journalism spanned over 25 years, primarily  for the Toledo Blade and the Philadelphia Bulletin where he wrote for the editorial page.  He was a  member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a life member and former president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers. Mr. Harrison was a chess and Scrabble player, an avid reader of the classics and an inspiration to many.  

Arthur Middleton was a British American planter, legislator, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the leaders in the controversies leading up to the American Revolution.

Harrison Middleton University is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Anne Deacon, Ph.D. to the position of Dean of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Deborah Deacon has held numerous positions in the education field at both the K-12 and university level, including Program Coordinator, Teacher, and Faculty Associate.  She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in the History and Theory of Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Arizona State University.  She also earned a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in Humanities from Old Dominion University, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Biology from Albright College.  She is a graduate of the Naval War College and the Navy School for Physical Distribution Management.  Dr. Deacon was a United States Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines in 2003-2004.

In addition to her many academic credentials, Dr. Deacon received numerous awards and decorations during her twenty year career as a naval officer, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.  As a naval officer she held diverse positions including Transportation Officer, Program Manager, Commanding Officer, and Director, Pay and Personnel Programs.   Her areas of research interest include anime and manga; Asian art; women, war and art; culture studies; imaginative literature; natural sciences; philosophy and religion; social science; and textile production.

Harrison Middleton University's Doctor of Arts degree program was approved by the accrediting commission of the Distance Education and Training Council in January, 2008.

Harrison Middleton University's Doctor of Education degree program was approved by the accrediting commission of the Distance Education and Training Council in June, 2006. In April 2007, the Secretary of Education approved the Department of Educationís recommendation and has granted an expansion of the Distance Education and Training Councilís (DETC) scope to include the accreditation of institutions offering a professional doctoral degree.

Faculty member, Ana Kennedy, attended the University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Science degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Her masterís thesis addressed the adoption of reduced tillage equipment and its impact on dust remediation in urban areas.  During her masterís program, Ana interned with the United States Department of Agricultureís Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C.  Ana is an active member of the Farm Bureau.  She currently serves on the American Farm Bureauís Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, and most recently served a two-year term as chairman of the Arizona Farm Bureauís Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.  Ana is also a member of the Arizona Governorís Women in Agriculture Committee.  

Faculty member, Mary Bryan Curd, was awarded the Herberger College of the Arts 2007 Outstanding Graduate Award. Bryan earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Arizona State University. She has received major grants, is published in her field, is an accomplished and experienced teacher, has participated significantly to community outreach and engagement, and has written a dissertation topic of extraordinary importance and originality. Bryan received two dissertation research grants, a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands and a Kress Fellowship. These are both highly competitive grants, awarded to only the very best applicants in the field. Bryanís dissertation, Netherlandish Artists Working in England, 1480-1690: Multicultural Collaboration and Competition was the first to examine how Dutch artists who were active in England either collaborated with their English counterparts or competed with them. By examining technological inventions, the rise of capitalism and the intersection of these issues with the history of art, Bryan was able to break new ground in her field. Bryan is also a devoted teacher and students respond to her intelligence, kindness, and diligence. Combining research, into contemporary curatorial and educational issues with community input drawn from focus groups and visitor surveys, Bryan led the change from a traditional historic American art gallery to a dynamic, transdisciplinary installation of Art of the Americas at the Arizona State University Art Museum. Bryan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Colby College and earned her Master of Arts in English from Arizona State University.

Faculty member, Michael Curd, serves as Secretary of Tempe Sister Cities, Secretary of the Arizona Sister Cities Corporation, and was elected to a three year term to the national board of directors for Sister Cities International. Michael Curd earned his bachelor degree in Geography and Regional Development from the University of Arizona and earned a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education from Arizona State University. Michael served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia as a Water and Sanitation Health Education volunteer. Michael is currently a candidate for the Executive Juris Doctor at Concord Law School

The College of the Humanities and Sciences, Harrison Middleton University's President, David Curd, was appointed Commissioner of the Arizona Commission on Postsecondary Education in April 2005. learn more Ľ

In August of 2005, David Curd was appointed as a member of the Governor's P-20 Council of Arizona. Governor Janet Napolitano created the new council to improve education in Arizona to ensure more students graduate from high school, succeed in college, and are ready for the modern workforce.

David Curd was elected as a board member of the Great Books Foundation in 2005. The Great Books Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to provide people of all ages with the opportunity to read, discuss, and learn from outstanding works of literature. Learn more at www.greatbooks.com.