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UNT Insider | October 2007 Issue | Moving Forward

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UNT names Andrew M. Harris vice president for finance and administration

Andrew M. Harris

Andrew M. Harris

Andrew M. Harris was named vice president for finance and administration at the University of North Texas, effective Nov. 5.

Harris comes to UNT from the University of Chicago, where he served as associate vice president and university budget director from 2004 until he was called to active duty in Afghanistan in 2005.

Harris, who has 18 years of commissioned military service, is now serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Vermont Army National Guard. While he remains a University of Chicago employee, he spent about a year as executive officer of the 86th Brigade after returning from Afghanistan. He now commands a battalion in the 86th Brigade.

As UNT's chief financial officer, Harris will provide stewardship over the more than $580 million annual budget and other resources at UNT, a student-centered public research university with more than 34,000 students.

"UNT has long been a respected, responsible steward of its and the state's resources, and I am confident that Andrew Harris's experience in financial leadership, management and planning will serve UNT well as we seek to improve our great university and strengthen the UNT reputation," President Gretchen M. Bataille says.

Harris will advise the president about financial issues and deliver support services to enhance the education and research mission of UNT. He also will serve as vice chancellor for finance for the UNT System, working with Chancellor Lee Jackson and the UNT System Board of Regents and serving as the liaison to financial, governmental and business organizations.

"My decision to join the senior leadership team at UNT was based on a variety of factors, including an impressive cadre of colleagues, a vibrant energy and sense of purpose among the faculty and deans, a student body with great potential, and a host of opportunities relative to the university's position as a student-centered, research institution," Harris says.

"I hope to contribute to the expanding mission of UNT by enabling President Bataille and Chancellor Jackson to guide both the university and the UNT System to the levels of excellence that each is committed to. My aim will be to contribute, in a variety of ways, to the efficient administration of the institution, thus ensuring that all stakeholders in the future of UNT are well served by the departments that comprise Finance and Administration."

Harris replaces Phil Diebel, who retired in August after 26 years of service to UNT. Diebel has continued to work part time since his retirement and will do so through Nov. 5.

While at the University of Chicago, Harris oversaw the University of Chicago's $2.2 billion operating budget and led a university-wide process to transform budget management practices. He also carried out a review of the university's long-range financial planning model and implemented a "total wealth" management product to be used by the university.

"I enjoyed working with Andrew as someone who could bring about administrative improvements and at the same time remain true to the academic values of the institution," says Richard Saller, who served as provost of the University of Chicago during Harris' tenure and now serves as dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.

Before joining the University of Chicago, Harris served at Boston University Medical Campus as director of the Office of Financial Planning and Budget from 1998 to 2004. During that time, he worked on a one-year interim basis as the director of the Office of Purchasing Services from 2002 to 2003.

Previously, he served as associate director of the Office of Analytical Services at Boston University from 1996 to 1998; manager of finance and administration of international programs at Boston University from 1993 to 1996; and assistant to the senior vice president at Boston University from 1991 to 1993.

Harris has 18 years of commissioned military service and serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Vermont National Guard. For his service from 2005 to 2006 in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, he received numerous honors, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Global War on Terror Campaign Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Harris has served on several boards and commissions in Boston, including as an appointee on the Mayoral Commission to Oversee Development of Air Rights on the Massachusetts Turnpike; president of the Society for the Preservation of Audubon Circle; and representative of the Boston University Community Task Force.

He is a senior member of the Algonquin Club of Boston; a senior member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.; a life member of the Honorary Society of Scabbard and Blade; a member of the Boston University Club; and founder of the Boston Briefing Series.

Harris earned a master of business administration degree and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Boston University.

UNT News Service Press Release
Ellen Rossetti can be reached at erossetti@unt.edu.

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