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June 2012In Every Issue
IU Kokomo chancellor recognized as top Israeliacademic in the world working outside Israel
Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris' dedication to scholarly work and his successfulleadership in higher education have earned him recognition by one of Israel's leading newspapers as the topIsraeli in academics worldwide working outside of Israel."The Most Successful Israelis in the World -- A SpecialProject: Made In Israel," published April 27 by Maariv, thesecond-largest newspaper in Israel, cited Harris as anexceptional leader in academics and listed him among 10honorees serving as sources of "Israeli pride, the internationaledition." Other honorees were recognized for theirachievements in the fields of music, high tech, culinary,computers, nightlife, television, medicine, physics and realestate."Michael's strong and strategic stewardship of IndianaUniversity's Kokomo campus, which continues to experiencedramatic growth in enrollment, academic offerings andcommunity engagement, along with his notable scholarly achievements, make him a most deserving recipient of thisoutstanding honor," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said."By way of his dynamic personality, enthusiasm andexperience in a number of leadership positions, Michael ishelping to strengthen IU Kokomo's role as a major player inrevitalizing the region it serves and significantly improvingthe quality of life for all who live and work in north central Indiana." According to the newspaper report, Harris and his fellow honorees "hold the most desirable positions intheir fields. They're responsible for innovations, advancements and resources."The report adds that Harris "is probably the first and only Israeli today that leads an American university orcampus in his position as chancellor of IU Kokomo, which is part of the prestigious Indiana University.""There are many successful Israeli academics in the U.S., so to be recognized is overwhelming," said Harris, who was born in South Africa and raised on a commune in Israel.