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Davidson-Davie Partners with Gardner-Webb to Expand Transfer Opportunities

Davidson-Davie’s Dr. Darrin Hartness, left, and Gardner-Webb’s Dr. Ben Leslie following the signing.

Agreements Added in Human Services, Business and Accounting

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University and Davidson-Davie Community College signed agreements Sept. 10 to give Davidson-Davie students yet another way to advance their education by seamless transfer to Gardner-Webb. The agreements were formalized in a signing ceremony on Sept. 10 that included leaders from both schools.

“Today we are expanding our partnership with Gardner-Webb University by adding transfer agreements in human services and in business, and accounting,” said Dr. Darrin Hartness, Davidson-Davie president. “From our original nursing bridge program, to today’s agreements, to Gardner-Webb’s doctoral classes taking place on our campus this year, we are so pleased to build this relationship with Gardner-Webb to help our students take the next steps in their educational journey.”

When students earn their associate degrees at Davidson-Davie in the fields of human services, business, and accounting, they then have the opportunity to transfer seamlessly into the bachelor’s level program at Gardner-Webb with 60 hours of credit. All three of the programs offer important opportunities for students who are already working in the field but desire to continue their education through an online and flexible program to meet work schedules and family obligations.

“At Gardner-Webb we are excited about the opportunity to partner with Davidson-Davie Community College, in part because we’ve heard such good things about the faculty and staff who work here, but mainly because articulation agreements are good for students,” said Dr. Ben Leslie, Gardner-Webb’s provost and executive vice president. “When students follow these pathways, it allows them to get finished quicker, to not take courses they don’t need, and to save money. It helps them, it helps their families, it helps the employers, it’s good for the economy, and it’s good for the state of North Carolina.”

Hartness responded, “We know our students are in great hands when they come to you.”

About Davidson-Davie:

Davidson-Davie Community College (, which incorporated Davie County into its name in 2021, is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, Davidson-Davie is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields.

About Gardner-Webb:

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at

Davidson-Davie’s Dr. Darrin Hartness and Gardner-Webb’s Dr. Ben Leslie are joined by faculty and academic leadership from both schools.

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