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educator , college administrator

Thomas H. Cross, III, American state legislator. Humanitarian Award, Sr Servs, 1990, 91; Person of Year award Fox Valley Young Men’s Christian Association; Special Recognition Award, Ill Young Men’s Christian Association; Golden Star Award, Ill AARP; Legislator of the Year Award, Ill Chiefs of Police Association, Ill State's Attys Association.


III, James Thomas Harris was born on July 31, 1958 in Findlay, Ohio, United States. Son of James Thomas II and Carolyn Sue (Cairns) H.


Bachelor of Engineering in Secondary Education, U. Toledo, 1980;Master of Education in Ednl. Administration, Edinboro U., 1983;Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration, Pennsylvania State University, 1988;postgraduate Institute Ednl. Management, Harvard University, 1993.


Secondary teacher, department chair, Highland H.S., Sparta, Ohio., 1980-1981;secondary teacher, department chair, Control Catholic H.S., Toledo, Ohio., 1981-1982;graduate assistant, academic advisor, Edinboro (Pennsylvania) State University, 1982-1983;finance aid administrator, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1983-1986;associate director Corporation and Foundation Rels. department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1986-1988;vice president, College Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, 1988-1991;vice president, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio., 1991-1994;president, Defiance (Ohio) College, since 1994. Faculty member 10 Case Confs., since 1986. Speaker, workshop presenter in field.


Board of directors West Hamilton (Ohio) Economics Council, 1988-1991, Volunteer Action Center, State College, Pennsylvania, 1987-1988, Dayton 2003 Fund, Leadership Defiance, Defiance Area Society for Handicapped, Leadership Dayton, vice chair, since 1992. Volunteer American Red Cross, Cincinnati, 1988-1991. Volunteer advisor St. Joseph Church and Elem.Sch., 1988-1991.

Graduate Leadership Dayton, 1992. Coach National Collegiate Boxing Association, Brunei, 1985, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1988. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Association Higher Education, Rotary, Young President's Organisation, Legatus, Alpha Kappa Delta, Pi Lambda Theta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, blues music, jogging.


Married Mary Catherine Kurdila, June 27, 1981. Children: Zachary James, Braden Gerald.

James Thomas II H.

Carolyn Sue (Cairns) H.

Mary Catherine Kurdila

Zachary James III

Braden Gerald III