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 learning opportunities Business Wire 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. Contact: David Eccles School of Business Public Relations University of Utah Matt Reichman, 801-461-9778 Jeff DuBois, 801-461-9789
University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business Selects Educator and Entrepreneur Dave Harris as New Director of Full-Time
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