Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SBU’s Rob Harris is Promoted to Vice President for Student Development

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / ssmith@sbuniv.edu

BOLIVAR, Mo. – SBU announced that Dr. Rob Harris has earned a promotion upon successfully defending his dissertation for a Doctor of Education from Northcentral University. Dr. Harris’ study is titled, “The Role of E-Mentoring in Helping College Sophomores Persist and Stay Enrolled.” The study has implications for improving retention at universities like SBU.

Dr. Rob Harris 
President Pat Taylor said in the announcement to the SBU family: “Rob’s title is changing from Dean of Students to Vice President for Student Development. Rob is doing great work with our students, and I appreciate all he does to help our students succeed. He is an asset to our University.” 

Dr. Harris began his employment at SBU in the summer of 1988.  He started as the assistant director of admissions and worked his way through the ranks by becoming the director of admissions in 1996. His time spent recruiting and admitting future SBU students was built upon a personal conviction that Christian higher education provides an extra dimension that enables students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.  
In 2004, he transitioned to the dean of students’ position where he has served the University, its students, and other institutional constituents in an effort to help fulfill the University’s mission. Overall, he enjoys helping students to think critically, consider new ideas, solve problems, and depend on the Holy Spirit.

Dr. Harris enrolled as a student at SBU in the fall of 1984 and was a member of SBU’s football, baseball and Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) teams.  He graduated in 1988 with his Bachelor of Science in business administration.  He went on to earn his Master of Science in education from SBU in 1996.

Dr. Harris said he and his wife, Lorie, met in their first week of classes of their freshman year, united in matrimony three years later, and just celebrated their 25th anniversary on July 4. Dr. Harris, Lorie, and their three children are active members of First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Mo.


Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.

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