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Leah and David Burks pose with the portrait's creator, Michael Shane Neal.

Yesterday at 4 p.m. in a short ceremony in Cone Chapel, attendees were given the opportunity to view for the first time the official portrait of Harding’s fourth president and current chancellor, Dr. David B. Burks.

The chosen portrait artist, Michael Shane Neal of Nashville, Tenn., was on hand for the unveiling. Neal has painted nearly 500 portraits, including Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and senators Arlen Specter, Robert C. Byrd and Bill Frist. Art and journalism students and faculty were able to talk shop with the artist following the ceremony.

The new portrait will fitly hang on the first floor of the David B. Burks American Heritage Building, the building named in Burks’ honor upon his retirement from the presidency.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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