FLINT, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dr. Michael Harris, currently of Ferris State University, 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,” 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.
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 will replace Interim Provost Robert Simpson, who will be returning to the University of Michigan – Dearborn at the end of June.
Founded in 1919, Kettering University is the former General Motors Institute and is located in Flint, Mich. Kettering is consistently ranked among the nation’s finest specialty schools by U.S. News and World Report. Visit www.kettering.edu.