July 25, 2015
Dear UT Community,
I am pleased to announce Dr. Harrison Keller will begin serving in a new position, Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy, starting Aug. 1.
In this role, Harrison will coordinate long-range institutional strategy on behalf of the President’s Office, and support planning, policy development and implementation among academic and administrative units. He will help develop and execute strategies for academic innovation, as well as formulate higher education policy issues at the state and national levels. Harrison will work in close collaboration with campus and UT System leaders, faculty governance, policymakers, foundations, and other partners and stakeholders for the university. He also will oversee specific programs and initiatives related to inter-institutional partnerships, including TEXAS OnRamps, which he founded in 2011.
Harrison has worked successfully on higher education policy and strategy for many years. As a vice provost he convened national leaders to develop and launch the Public Flagships Network, the Texas Higher Education Leaders Consortium, as well as led and worked on campus initiatives including the Campus Conversation, Provost’s Teaching Fellows, and Curriculum Innovation Grants. He also provided strong leadership for the reorganization of the Center for Teaching and Learning and its merger with Continuing and Innovative Education to establish the Office of Educational Innovation and the TEXAS Extended Campus. Both launched this past spring. Harrison is a clinical professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Department of Educational Administration.
Senior Vice Provost David Laude will oversee the Office of Educational Innovation in the Provost’s Office on an interim basis.
Gregory L. Fenves, President