March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Jim Harris

University of San Diego
James T. Harris III, D.Ed., became the University of San Diego’s fourth president on August 3, 2015. The University of San Diego is one of only 44 universities in the world designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker campus. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Harris has worked closely with cross-discipline teams to spearhead new civic and community engagements, connecting academic environments with intractable issues faced by society. “USD is in a strong position to address significant societal issues, and the establishment of centers on campus such as the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action and our designation as an Ashoka U Changmaker Campus provides us with a great framework for moving forward,” he said. “I believe we have much work to do as a society and as a university in helping people understand their roles as responsible citizens on and off campus as well as expanding on our work as an anchor institution in San Diego.” Previously, Dr. Harris served for 13 years as the president of Widener University, a private, independent institution educating more than 6,300 students on four campuses in two states — Pennsylvania and Delaware.