Harris named new provost

May 14, 2007

Dr. Michael Harris of Ferris State University will become Kettering's top academic officer on July 9.

Dr. Michael Harris will become the new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Kettering University in Flint, the home of the most advanced co-operative education program in the country. Harris will join Kettering on July 9.

Kettering President Stan Liberty said he is pleased that a scholar with Dr. Harris's credentials will join his leadership team. "Kettering University has a legacy of preparing the nation's executive leadership for industry and business. With Dr. Harris's guidance, Kettering is also now poised to help Michigan and the country tackle some of the technological and economic redevelopment issues that we face. We look forward to his arrival in July," he added.

Harris said joining a University with the academic and business reputation that Kettering enjoys is a wonderful opportunity for him. "I am delighted to join the University and look forward to getting to know the faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders while learning more about Kettering's internationally respected co-op program. Kettering is an exceptional institution with a unique mission and vision, and a great future," Harris said. "I believe that I bring academic experiences and leadership skills that will blend well with those of President Stan Liberty's as we build on the school's past while addressing its challenges today."

Harris is currently the vice president for Academic Affairs at Ferris State University. At Ferris, he was successful in strengthening the areas of academics, teaching, research, scholarship, retention, assessment, and service. A few of his successes include increasing online education, aiding progress in assessment efforts, and leading Ferris through several successful accreditations. He has been the principal investigator for several grants, including $1 million from the Dow Foundation to construct new facilities. He has worked closely with efforts to increase student engagement, and improve both retention and graduation rates. He implemented new hiring and orientation programs for faculty.

Prior to Ferris, he served as associate provost at Eastern Michigan University, implementing programs that decreased course withdrawals, and assisted students with easier transfers and more degree completions. Two doctoral programs were established during his tenure.

Harris is active in the higher education community. He is a consultant-evaluator for the North Central Association and a certified appraiser for the Academic Quality Improvement Program. He participated in Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management Program and is a graduate of Harvard's Management Development Program. He remains actively engaged in research on public policy and public administration.

He received a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bar Ilan University in Israel in 1982, a master's degree in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University in Israel in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University in 1993. Harris's areas of specialization include public policy and policy analysis, public management and administration, organizational theory, and government and public budgeting.

Harris will replace Interim Provost Robert Simpson, who will be returning to the University of Michigan - Dearborn at the end of June.

Written by Patricia Mroczek