Associate Vice President in EVP’s Office: Michael Harris
Michael E. Harris has been appointed associate vice president in the Office of the Executive Vice President. He assumes his new position today.
Mr. Harris will work closely with Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli in overseeing all EVP administrative activities, with the primary responsibility for developing and implementing the office’s operational and strategic planning. He has experience in a number of operational areas, including finance, budget, risk management, human resources, accounting, facilities, and information technology.
Mr. Harris has served as the chief financial officer for the School District of Philadelphia since August 2002, where he managed a $1.8 billion annual budget and played a key role in stabilizing the district’s finances, having created a five-year strategic and operational plan to guide financial and programmatic initiatives.
Mr. Harris also reorganized the operations of 125 financial department employees across eight departments, including creating a new Office of Management and Budget from two separate departments and organizational cultures. He implemented the largest tax-exempt bond financing in school district history as the first leg of a proposed five-year, $1.5 billion capital improvement program. In addition, he initiated the first comprehensive review of benefits management.
Previously, Mr. Harris served as budget director for the City of Chicago, where he held a number of roles during his 14-year tenure.
He earned his bachelor’s in 1986 in political science and master’s degree in 1989 in public administration from Illinois State University.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 19, February 1, 2005
February 1, 2005
Volume 51 Number 19