David Harpool, PhD

Provost, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer

David Harpool, PhD

Dr. David Harpool has more than 22 years of experience in public and private college settings. He has served as a tenured faculty, dean, vice-president, provost, president and a trustee of both traditional and non-traditional universities.

Dr. Harpool first became associated with Northcentral University in 2011 as a consultant. In 2012, he was named Scholar in Residence. The following year, Dr. Harpool was named as the University’s General Counsel. In 2014, he assumed the additional title and responsibilities of Acting Provost.

Dr. Harpool has published numerous articles in juried legal journals as well as appeared on CNN, NBC and CBS. He earned a PhD in Higher Education from Saint Louis University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Harpool is a recognized leader in online and distance education and has served as a consultant peer-evaluator for three different accreditors.


Ph.D., Philosophy, St. Louis University
J.D., University of Missouri, Columbia
BS, Education, Southwest Missouri State University

Contact: dharpool@ncu.edu