William H. Harris to Serve a Second Time as President of Alabama State University

The board of trustees has named William H. Harris president of Alabama State University. He has been serving as interim president of the university and previously served a six-year term as president from 1994 to 2000. Dr. Harris also has been president of Paine College and Texas Southern University.

Dr. Harris holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of history at Indiana University and was later promoted to full professor and associate dean of the graduate school. He is the author of Keeping the Faith: A. Philip Randolph, Milton P. Webster, and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (University of Illinois Press, 1977) as well as The Harder We Run: Black Workers Since the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 1982).