University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business Selects Educator and
Entrepreneur Dave Harris as New Director of Full-Time MBA Program
*Harris is a former president of Robert B. Miller College and CEO and
founder of University Prep Cafe, his college and career readiness company
*Harris' top priority is to ensure high-caliber networking and experiential
SALT LAKE CITY -- June 11, 2013
The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah has hired
entrepreneur and educator Dave Harris as its new director of the full-time MBA
program after an extensive national search.
Prior to joining the David Eccles School of Business, Harris founded
University Prep Cafe, an Oklahoma City-based college and career readiness
company, for which he also served as CEO. The company’s programs are offered
throughout the United States. Harris has more than 24 years of experience in
higher education, including his tenure as president of Robert B. Miller
College in Michigan between 2009 and 2012. During his time at the school,
enrollment grew by more than 43 percent.
“With Dave’s exceptional skills and experience, I have little doubt he will
build on the four pillars of our MBA program -- explore and transform, build
community, engage intellectually, and think big -- to successfully lead our
program to even greater national prominence,” said Christine Botosan, Ph.D.
and associate dean of graduate affairs, in announcing Harris’ hiring.
In discussing his excitement in taking over as director of the full-time MBA
program, Harris cited the University of Utah’s “genuine concern for students
and commitment to increasing organizational diversity” as major contributors
to his interest in the job. Harris also recognized the changing landscape for
full-time MBA programs in Utah and around the country, and he looks forward to
attacking the challenges facing the school and its students.
“MBA programs must deliver both inside and outside of the classroom,” Harris
said. “The University of Utah full-time MBA program will expand its leadership
development opportunities for students by expanding its strategic alliances in
both the corporate and nonprofit sectors,” Harris added. “And we plan to
launch an executive mentoring program later this year that will provide
meaningful hands-on learning opportunities.”
Harris’ own career has been a blend of work in the corporate and educational
arenas. Beyond his time as a college president, Harris has worked as a
business school dean at two universities, and he has been recognized for
excellence in teaching and applied research.
Harris' native Japan, where he lived until the age of 16, has played a major
role in his career. He was national manager of new business development at
Itochu Corporation, a Japanese trading company based in Tokyo, where he
established and managed joint ventures in the United States and Asia. He also
served as dealer marketing administrator for Murata Business Systems, a
Japanese fax machine company.
“I have had the opportunity to serve in senior-level leadership positions in
both the corporate and educational sectors, and I believe my corporate and
higher education experiences will add value to students as the MBA program
expands its global opportunities for students,” Harris said.
Harris earned his doctorate of jurisprudence and a master's degree in
management from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and a bachelor of arts
degree from the University of Washington. He speaks Japanese and enjoys
international travel, cross-country skiing and golf.
About the David Eccles School of Business
From its beginnings in 1896 as part of the Economics and Sociology Department,
what is now the David Eccles School of Business (http://www.business.utah.edu)
educates nearly 3,500 students a year, and boasts more than 31,000 alumni.
Students manage a university venture fund of $18.3 million, the largest of its
kind in the nation. In January 2012, the school opened its new, $72 million
Spencer F. Eccles Building, offering students a cutting-edge learning
environment packed with state-of-the-art technology.
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