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The University Magazine

Jeffrey Harris, national security expert, joins RIT Board of Trustees

Jeffrey Harris
Jeffrey Harris ’75

Jeffrey Harris ’75 (photo science and instrumentation) of Arnold, Md., vice president and managing director of situational awareness at Lockheed Martin Corp., was elected to RIT’s Board of Trustees in April.

For more than 30 years, Harris has held positions of increasing responsibility in which he has fostered new technologies and programs that have contributed to national security. Prior to his current position, he served as president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space and president of Lockheed Martin Special Programs.

Harris also served in senior national leadership positions, including assistant secretary of the Air Force for Space and director of the National Reconnaissance Office. He provided direct support to the secretary of defense and the director of central intelligence.

Harris has received numerous awards, most notably the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Distinguished Service Medal, the National Reconnaissance Office Medal for Distinguished Service, the U.S. Geo Spatial Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and the James V. Hartinger Award for military space achievement. In 2002, Harris was honored as a distinguished RIT alumnus, representing the College of Science.

Bob Finnerty '07