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Dr. Joshua T. Harris, Class of 1998, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award during Commencement exercises on our Jamestown Campus on Saturday, May 17! Dr. Harris will also deliver the keynote Commencement address.

Dr. Harris graduated from Jamestown Community College in 1998 with a degree in Social Sciences and a concentration in political science. He is currently the policy director for The Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, DC-based think tank advancing responsible data use and consumer privacy.

As a student at JCC, Dr. Harris participated in the SUNY Model European Union and the International Negotiation Modules Project. That experience led him to a storied career in economic policy, during which he worked as an international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce. 

In 2012, he received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the highest award offered by the Department, for his work in this area. Dr. Harris also represented the U.S. Department of Commerce in international groups that included the Organization of American States and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2007, he prepared briefing papers for President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Harris graduated with honors from SUNY Geneseo in May 2000, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In May 2004, he earned his juris doctor from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Also that year, he was selected to the White House’s Presidential Management Fellowship program and worked in the Trade Information Center.

Posted: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 2:17pm
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