Michael Harris
Michael Harris
Michael Harris is an academic with dual American and Israeli citizenship. He is currently the sixth Chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo, having held this position since July 1, 2010. He is also a Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Business, and Education at the same campus. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Provost and Vice president of academic affairs and student affairs at Kettering University.
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    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 54
    From 2010 to 2012, Harris served as the sixth Chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo and a Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Business, and Education.
    More Details Hide Details Harris led IU Kokomo through the process of adding 10 new degree programs to the Kokomo campus. Harris instituted online classes and increased the number of Friday classes offered. He also developed an athletic program. The first two sports (women’s volleyball and men’s basketball) led the university to a full offering of an athletic program with joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2012. In January 2012, under the leadership of Michael Harris, IU Kokomo received a $1.25 million gift from Milt and Jean Cole to fund a new wellness and fitness center. At the time, this was the largest cash gift ever received on IU's Kokomo campus. The new facility; The Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center, opened in August, 2013.
  • 2009
    Age 53
    He also received the Best in Class 2009 Award from the Keen Entrepreneurship Education Network and a Honorary Doctorate in Educational Administration from Ave Maria College.
    More Details Hide Details In 2015, Dr. Harris worked with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to develop a unique certificate program, known as the Public Administration Executive Leadership Certificate or “Command College”. In addition, he was named as a Consultant to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    He also served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan from 2007 to 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Harris was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ferris State University (2004-2007), a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and subsequently Associate Provost at Eastern Michigan University (1994–2004), and a faculty member in the Graduate Program of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University (1993-1994). In 2012, the Hebrew-language newspaper, Maariv, named Harris as the most successful Israeli academic working outside of Israel. The Kokomo Perspective also named him their Person of the Year for 2011.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 0
    Born on January 6, 1956.
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