Douglas C. Harris


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)
School of Education
M.S. 1964, Ed.D. 1968


Douglas C. Harris, M.S. 1964, Ed.D. 1968, who has had a great impact both on education and the business world since earning his degrees from Indiana University. But one of his earliest achievements came while still a graduate student. Dean of Students Bob Shaffer selected Harris to start an academic advising program, beginning with the School of Business. Its success resulted in the eventual campus-wide program now part of University Division. Since earning a doctoral degree in higher education and counseling, Harris spent more than 30 years in senior management level positions with three of the largest and most recognized companies in the U.S. Harris retired as vice president and chief personnel officer of Knight Ridder, the second-largest newspaper company in the country, when the McClatchy Co. bought it in 2006. His methods as director of personnel were renowned, and managers, editors, and publishers from across the country came to the Knight Ridder headquarters in Miami to study at the training institute he created. Harris was also a management appraisal specialist for United Airlines and a senior personnel manager for Peat Marwick & Mitchell. He currently serves on the School of Education National Board of Visitors.