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Harris installed as IU Kokomo's
Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:00 am
By Danielle Rush
Tribune staff writer
Michael Harris became part of Indiana University
Kokomo’s history Friday, as he was installed as the
campus’ sixth chancellor.
He used the occasion to look forward, rather than back,
focusing on his vision for the university’s role in the
future of north-central Indiana.
“IU Kokomo is on the move and regional transformation
will take place. We are bound by a common goal, to
sustain here in north-central Indiana the American
dream of a better tomorrow. We are on the move while
remaining grounded in Hoosier values and dedicated to
a global perspective and academic excellence,” he said
in his installation address.
About 400 people attended the ceremony at IU Kokomo’s
Havens Auditorium. Faculty, students and community
partners also were featured in the day’s events, with
booths displayed in Alumni Hall and the library.
Though Harris began work as chancellor July 1, Friday
marked his official installation by Indiana University
Kokomo President Michael McRobbie, who sees Harris
as the right person to move the campus forward.
McRobbie said while the campus has been run well and is stable, “we’re at a point ... where we need to think of how
we move it to the next level. I think we’ve found exactly the right man who will have that vision.”
McRobbie said Harris’ previous experience was at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., where he had experience with
the automotive industry.
“Clearly one cannot ignore the auto industry when choosing a chancellor [for IUK]. The chancellor needs to be
someone who can work and build on that strength in the region,” McRobbie said.
He called the ceremony “a celebration of the future of this region,” and the partnerships that “show so much promise
for this community.”
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IT'S OFFICIAL: Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael
Harris shows his gratitude to the crowd as they applaud him after
he was officially installed in his new position with the campus
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