Charles J. Hardy: Ph.D., M.S.
Founding Dean and Professor, College of Health and Human Services

Dean Charles Hardy

Prior to coming to UNCW, Dr. Hardy served as professor and founding dean of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University from 2006-11. During his tenure at Georgia Southern, he also served as the dean of the Jack N. Averitt College of graduate studies from 2002-05, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences during 2001-02 and as the chair of the Department of Health and Kinesiology from 1994-2001. He began his academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a tenured associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science from 1983-94.

Hardy received his Doctor of Philosophy from Louisiana State University and was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-CH. He also holds a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University. His doctoral dissertation was selected as the Most Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation by Phi Delta Kappa, Louisiana State University and the Sport Psychology Academy of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Hardy's research focuses on the role of social influence processes in health and human performance. He has published and presented his research and work at regional, national and international outlets. In 1989, he received the Edgar W. Hooks Jr. Young Professional Award from the North Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and in 2009, he received the Distinguished Educator/Researcher of the year award from the Georgia Rural Health Association.

Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Cape Fear HealthNet, MedNorth (New Hanover County Community Health Center), and United Way of the Cape Fear Area. In 2016, he was selected for membership in the N.C. Institute of Medicine. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant impact on the quality of health care in southeastern North Carolina.