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Christopher Harris named director of university judiciaries

Christopher Harris, assistant director of judicial affairs at Pennsylvania State University, has been named director of university judiciaries at Ohio University. His first day on the job will be Aug. 23.

As head of judiciaries, Harris will oversee and administer all aspects of the student conduct system. He also will represent the university and the judiciaries office to external constituencies and stakeholders.

Harris has served in his current position at Penn State since July 2005. In his current role, his case management ranges from minor infractions to suspension-level misconduct cases. Harris also works with local law enforcement agencies, residence life and admissions staffs and the victims of student misconduct.

"We had an outstanding group of qualified applicants for this position and Chris' wealth of conduct experience and academic background made him an exceptional candidate," said Ohio University Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi.

Harris said he was impressed by Athens and Ohio University during his visit and is looking forward to moving to the area with his wife and two daughters.

"I'm excited about coming on board and getting the ball rolling," Harris said. "During my visit, Athens came across as a small, quiet, friendly town, and the folks that I met were very happy to live and work there. It made the town feel comfortable to me."

Harris said the fact that the Student Affairs staff and the university administration are supportive of judiciaries also made the job attractive to him.

"My experience in judiciaries over the last eight years led me to this position, and I was impressed with the positive energy from the Student Affairs staff," he said. 

From September 2003 to October 2004, Harris served as judicial affairs coordinator in the Office of Residential Life at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he worked in judiciaries at the University of Pittsburgh and in admissions at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., respectively.

A native of Jersey Shore, Pa., Harris earned his J.D. in 2003 and his bachelor's degree in political science and history in 1995 from the University of Pittsburgh. He received his master's degree in history from Shippensburg University in 1998.

Harris replaces Jim Sand, who recently accepted a position on campus in Residential Housing.