Whether it’s a sprained ankle from intramural softball or flu shot to ward off that all-too-common ailment, there’s only one man on campus to take care of your medical needs: Dr. Ken Cargile, campus physician and assistant professor of biology.
While students may know him as the kind and adept Doctor, few could identify him also as the man with a love for hunting, fishing, or adventurous desire to see the Alaskan tundra. In fact, with such a prestigious title as Medical Doctor under his belt, it might seem incomprehensible that Dr. Cargile chose to forego more lucrative opportunities to work at Freed-Hardeman. Dr. Cargile, however, viewed it as a long-term goal come to its realization. “My wife and I have long been supporters of FHU—I had felt I would like to teach part-time when I retired, and FHU allows me to practice medicine, help great people, and teach all at the same time.” Dr. Cargile admits that his favorite thing about Freed-Hardeman is the people he is committed to serve. “Patients and staff have a great Christian attitude. They are always appreciative and courteous—it just makes Freed-Hardeman such a great place to be.”
Considering his chosen profession, Dr. Cargile has quite a healthy list of educational achievements. He earned his undergraduate degree from David Lipscomb University before going on to Mississippi State University for graduate work, earning his medical degree from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine. He completed his Family Practice residency in Columbus, Georgia. Despite such impressive credentials, Dr. Cargile’s humility and devotion to God shines through. His simple answer when asked what he considered to be his greatest achievement? “Becoming a Christian.”
Dr. Cargile is married to Dr. Becky Cargile, associate professor in the English department. They have two daughters and two grandsons.