Established by the Office of the President in 1952, the Outstanding Alumni award is the highest honor RIT can bestow upon an alum in recognition of professional accomplishments, as well as service and generosity to the university. Jeffrey Harris BS ’75 has done all those things and more.
A 1975 imaging science grad, Jeff Harris has had an incredibly successful career maintaining national security for more than 35 years. Currently consulting for both industry and government organizations, Jeff previously served as president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, as well as Lockheed Martin Special Programs. He was also president of Space Imaging, the first company to commercially provide high-resolution satellite imagery and information products of the Earth.
Before his successful corporate career, Jeff served in senior national leadership positions, including assistant secretary of the Air Force for Space, director of the National Reconnaissance Office and associate executive director of the Intelligence Community Management Staff. In these roles he provided direct support to the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence.
His support of RIT has been just as illustrious.
Jeff, along with his partner, Joyce Pratt, have not wavered in their generosity to the university. In honor of his mother Jane’s 90th birthday, the person who most influenced Jeff to attend RIT, they established the J.K. Harris Scholarship. The scholarship has supported many students, who in turn have continued Jeff’s tradition of success. Jeff and Joyce have also generously supported the Carlson Center for Imaging Science and the performing arts at RIT as well as the Rochester City Scholars program
In addition to his philanthropic support, Harris is currently a member of RIT’s Board of Trustees, serving now for over a decade. Harris is a very active member of the RIT community, often working with students and then hiring many after they graduate.
Watch to learn more about this consummate Tiger and how his impact will be felt on campus for years to come.