Daniel Harris comes to the Walton College of Business after 12 years in business and 29 years as a diplomat in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, the federal government's front-line trade agency. The Commercial Service (FCS) helps American companies compete and win in the global marketplace. A retired Senior Foreign Service officer with the rank of Minister Counselor, Dan has served in Europe, Africa and Latin America, as well as in senior management positions in FCS Headquarters. Most recently, he managed operations in the East Asia Pacific region. Career highlights include a four-year tour as U.S. Consul General in Düsseldorf, Germany (1999-2003), and three years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Operations in the Commercial Service (2005 until 2008). See below for more.
Dan describes himself as a "man of faith" who has personally experienced many of the dilemmas of faith and spirituality in the workplace. His master's thesis at Georgetown was entitled: "Faith and Transformational Leadership in the Fourth Quarter of Life." It looked at ways to define faith and how faith relates to transformational leadership in people who no longer hold positions of authority. Dan and his wife Zara have been active participants in Anglican/Episcopal parishes wherever they have lived.
Engaging with young people has always been a priority for Dan. As Consul General he guest lectured at a number of universities and high schools in Germany. In France, Dan created and taught an elective in leadership to MBA students at HEC Paris in 2010 and 2011, as well as giving guest lectures at several other universities.
Dan was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from Newport High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in history from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He spent a year abroad at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. Dan won a fellowship from the Rotary International Foundation to study at the Université de Caen, France. He pursued additional studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium where he earned a Certificate in Advanced European Studies. In May 2013, he completed the Executive Master's in Leadership Program at Georgetown University and was awarded an MS in Leadership. Dan has lived in nine countries on four continents and speaks German, French and Spanish.
Dan is married to Zara Harris, who holds a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy. She specializes in children and adults who have learning disabilities, especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She has extensive experience in overseas schools, has presented often at conferences and has published multiple articles. Dan and Zara have two sons and a daughter-in-law, with whom they enjoy good food and the great outdoors!