Dr. and Mrs. Harris Endow Professorships

On April 20, 2006, Dr. and Mrs. James Harris signed official documents establishing two endowed professorships with an insurance policy. Dr. Harris is an alumnus of Truett-McConnell.

The Dr. and Mrs. James H. Harris Professorship in Biology and the Dr. and Mrs. James H. Harris Professorship in Chemistry will be funded with the proceeds of a $500,000 insurance policy naming the college as beneficiary. This unique gift to the college is the first time in its history that endowed professorships will be established. 
Dr. and Mrs. Harris signed the official agreement for this gift with Dr. Jerry W. Pounds, Sr., President of Truett-McConnell College. 

Dr. Harris graduated from Truett-McConnell College in 1962. He completed his undergraduate work at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson, Tennessee. He received his PhD in Anatomy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1969 and went directly to UT medical school following graduation. Dr. Harris did research at the Cerebrovascular Research Center while a medical student and received his medical degree from UT in 1972. Dr. Harris completed a residency in anatomic pathology and a fellowship in neuropathology at New York University—Bellevue Medical Center in New York City. He and his wife Judy have three sons, Jeff, John, and James, Jr., and have nine grandchildren. Dr. Harris has served Truett-McConnell College as Alumni Association President and has assisted the administration on various campaigns.
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