Vice President of Institutional Planning, Development & Evaluation

Dr. Mary E. Harris

Dr. Mary E. Harris

Dr. Mary E. Harris serves as the Vice President for Institutional Planning, Development & Evaluation.  She leads the administration of college-wide planning, program evaluation, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation and grant development.  Dr. Harris is also the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison for ACC.

Dr. Harris joined ACC in 2002 as the Executive Director for Adult Education. In 2008 she became the Executive Director for Grants Development.   Previous Higher Education experience was as the Assistant Dean for Leadership and Employee Development at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, SC.  She also taught Marketing and Business Mathematics as an Adjunct Instructor at Aiken Tech.  

Dr. Harris holds a B.A. in Radio/TV Broadcasting from the University of Dayton (OH), an MBA from Brenau University (GA) and a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

While attending the University of Dayton (UD), Dr. Harris followed in the footsteps of two of her brothers, who also attended UD, by joining the Army ROTC program.  In her senior year, she earned the leadership position of Cadet Corps Commander.  Upon graduation she was commissioned a 2LT in the Adjutant Generals Corps (Personnel and Administration) and received the Distinguished Military Graduate Award.  Dr. Harris spent five years as an active duty personnel Manager for the Army Training Support Center (Fort Monroe, VA), Army Transportation Group (Fort Eustis, VA) and the Army Broadcasting Service (Washington, DC).  As a reservist Dr. Harris helped establish the Army Family Teambuilding program, a readiness training program for military spouses.  Her last position with the military was as the Commander of an Army Public Affairs Detachment in San Antonio, TX. In this position she led a team of journalist and broadcasters to El Salvador to report on the Army’s humanitarian projects.

Contact information, mharris3@austincc.edu, 512-223-7705.