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Harris selected to attend prestigious Fulbright seminar in Germany

Andrew HarrisVice President for Finance and Administration Andrew Harris will share ideas about higher education financing when he travels to Germany in October as part of a prestigious Fulbright Educational Experts Seminar.

Fourteen U.S. university finance officers and their German counterparts will take part in the seminar, which will begin in Berlin and end in Hamburg and include visits to six universities.

Harris said he is eager to learn how the German system, which charges little to no tuition, meets the public’s expectations to obtain access to higher education. He is also interested in hearing the Germans’ reactions to how Americans finance higher education.

Rick Nader, vice provost for International Affairs, suggested Harris apply for the seminar because he thought he would be perfect fit, especially with his depth of experience and national reputation. He said Harris has been a thoughtful and innovative asset for UNT.

“Andrew is globally minded and will make an excellent ambassador for UNT,” Nader said.

Harris has served as Vice President for Finance and Administration for five years. He previously worked as associate vice president and university budget director at the University of Chicago and as director of the Office of Financial Planning and Budget for Boston University Medical Campus.

He also served in the Afghanistan War in 2005 and again in 2010 and still is a colonel in the Vermont Army National Guard.

But Harris said the Fulbright honor says as much about UNT’s reputation, saying that his selection is an indicator that UNT has something to offer in the conversation about higher education financing.

“I think it says a lot about UNT,” Harris said. “I think it’s a very positive indicator of the efficient and effective way we manage limited taxpayer dollars and the careful stewardship we provide over all our resources.”

Both Harris and Nader said this seminar fits in with two of UNT’s Four Bold Goals.

  • Bold Goal 3 – Become a national leader among universities in student support, employee relations, operational effectiveness and service to constituencies.
  • Bold Goal 4 - Establish UNT as a nationally recognized, engaged university and regional leader by building and expanding mutually beneficial partnerships and resources.

Nader added UNT will gain great international exposure that could make it easier for faculty members and students to collaborate with German universities.

“UNT is moving forward very quickly in it globalization agenda,” Nader said. “Internationalization is a priority for UNT.”

-         Jessica DeLeón, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Posted on: Tue 14 August 2012

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