President James T. Harris III

President James T. Harris III, D.Ed., is a first-generation college student who firmly believes in the transformative power of education. He believes it can change individuals for the better and is one of the great forces in the world today.

Three very important things happened to President Harris during his college experience. First, he found his faith. He actually converted to Roman Catholicism when he was in college. Second, he found his vocation. Falling in love with the idea of teaching, he determined that he wanted to be a history teacher. Third, he found the love of his life, his wife Mary.

The three most important things that happened to President Harris that transformed him as a man and as a leader happened in college. He experienced the transformative power of education, and it is why he always stayed in higher education.

President Harris encourages the First-Generation Action Team to help guide and support other students who share in this important identity.


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