KOKOMO, Ind. – The north central Indiana region will come together this Friday, October 22, to celebrate the installation of Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris. Nearly 400 guests are expected to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 11 a.m. in Havens Auditorium.
IU President Michael McRobbie will conduct the official installation, followed by speakers Kathleen Ligocki, B.A.'78, L.H.D. '02, Dianne Roden, professor of finance, and Harris, Ph.D. '93.
After the ceremony, more than 60 regional and campus displays will be available for attendees to view, featuring the successes of business, industry, and higher education in north central Indiana. These will be located in Alumni Hall, the Kelley Student Center Room 130, and the Library.
"I am humbled and delighted at the response to this celebration," Harris said. "My installation is an opportunity to applaud the efforts of this region, and is a stepping stone to future collaborations to ensure economic success for the communities served by IU Kokomo."
Since Harris' arrival on July 1, he has spent many hours touring and meeting with community leaders to listen and learn about the educational needs of the region. "We have moved on all fronts," he said.
His focus is on three themes: academic excellence and student success, regional transformation, and building relationships and friendships throughout the region and beyond. In addition, as Harris moves the campus forward, emphasis will continue to be placed on student retention and graduation rates.
"IU Kokomo is a leader in providing direction and support for the economic well-being of north central Indiana,"Harris said. "I appreciate President McRobbie's faith in me to lead the campus in this very important role."
One of many of Harris' goals is to increase educational opportunities that are relevant to the needs of the region. This includes more online course offerings, new programs, and collaborating with businesses, government, and non-profit organizations.
Harris recently served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Mich. He worked for Kettering from 2007 to 2010, and was also a professor of public policy. He served as vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., from 2004-07and as associate provost at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., from 2000-04.
"Michael is a thoughtful, enthusiastic and proven leader whose experiences in higher education and longstanding commitment to academic excellence will enable him to continue the outstanding growth of Indiana University's Kokomo campus, which this year has seen its highest enrollment in 10 years," McRobbie said. "I look forward to working with him to further strengthen the academic environment in Kokomo and continue to build upon the strong partnerships we have built in the region."
Harris earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Bar-Ilan University in Israel in1982 and a master's degree in public management and budgeting from Tel Aviv University in Israel in 1986. He earned his Ph.D. from IU in 1993. He is also agraduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute for Educational Management and the Management Development Program.
For those not able to attend the installation, it can be viewed live by clicking on the following link: http://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=iuk_chancellor_inauguration.
An online guestbook is also available at: http://www.indiana.edu/~ceremony/iuk/guestbook.shtml.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
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