Chancellor Michael Harris
Chancellor Michael Harris is the sixth chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo. Under his leadership there is a strong commitment to enhance academic excellence and student success, engage in global education, advance diversity, and build sustainable community partnerships as a catalyst for economic development and regional pride.
Chancellor Harris envisions IU Kokomo as a driving force in transforming North Central Indiana through education and entrepreneurship to an economy of knowledge and innovation.
Previously, Dr. Harris was provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Kettering University (formerly G.M.I.); vice president for Academic Affairs at Ferris State University; and at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), associate provost (and interim provost), coordinator of undergraduate education, and head of the Department of Political Science.
Chancellor Harris holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Indiana University, a master's degree from Tel-Aviv University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute for Educational Management and the Management Development Program. He is the author of four books and has published more than 40 professional papers and book chapters. Dr. Harris serves as a political commentator for a variety of broadcast and print media in the United States and Israel; he taught at the Graduate Program in Public Policy at Tel Aviv University; he was the vice president for finance and marketing at Tomer Industries in Israel; and he served in the Israel Defense Forces and retired at the rank of major with active combat experience.
Academic recognition of Dr. Harris includes the Kern Foundation Entrepreneurship Education Network “Best in Class” 2009 Award; an Honorary Doctorate in Educational Administration from Ave Maria College; Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching from EMU; recognition for Excellence in Teaching from the American Political Science Association; Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards; and recognition by the Department of the Army for outstanding support of the United States Army R.O.T.C. cadre and cadets at EMU.
Chancellor Harris was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised on a commune in Israel. He and his wife, Tali, have three grown sons: Ronen, Asaf, and Amit.