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James E. Harris Book Scholarship '24

Montclair State Cross Country 1982
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
44 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on March 20, at 11:30 PM EDT
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James E. Harris Book Scholarship

James E. Harris ‘68, ’70 MA, former Associate Dean of Students and University Ombudsman provided 42 years of dedicated service to Montclair State and its students.  He established the James E. Harris Book Scholarship to provide highly deserving undergraduate students financial support for the purchase of books.

James Harris has served many students and led various organizations at the University throughout his tenure. His passion for education and student success is immeasurable.  When asked what motivated this campaign he said:

“The book fund is consistent with Montclair State University’s history of providing and supporting educational opportunities for a diverse group of highly intelligent, highly motivated students who understand that education is the key that opens doors to many opportunities.  Education is very important to personal development as well as access to employment and financial security.” 

James Harris has made a tremendous impact on many students who have graduated from Montclair State in both their personal and professional lives. Join us today, to make a positive and meaningful impact. 

Please make a gift in honor of Dean Harris to the James E. Harris Book Scholarship to enable highly deserving students to receive financial support for the purchase of books. Share in his vision to allow access for all students to have the opportunity, no matter their financial means, to be successful.

James E. Harris Montclair State University Leadership and Organizations:

  • Men's Varsity Cross Country Coach, 1975-1990
  • Inducted into Montclair State University Athletic Hall of Fame 1998
  • International Students Advisor, 1975-1988
  • President's Commission on Affirmative Action 1977-2012
  • 504 Compliance Officer and supervised Director of Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, 1982-1990
  • Director of New Student  Orientation, 1985-1995
  • Member of Advisory Council for Women Center, 1975-1999
  • Member Religious/Spiritual Leaders Council, 1998-2012
  • Supporter of Education Opportunity Fund Program(EOF),1970-2012
  • President, African American Caucus, 1992-2012
  • Associate Dean of Students and University Ombudsman and therefore member of Administrative Team in Office of the Dean of Students and Office of Vice Present for Student Development and Campus Life 1975-2012
  • Supervised Graduate Assistance who coordinated Multicultural Students Mentoring Program, 1979-1997
  • Supervised Law Enforcement Education Program(LEEP) and Services for Veterans Students Program, 1980-1993 
  • Created The Brotherhood/LaHermandad Program and served as advisor, 1995-2012
  •  Member Pi Kappa Alpha National Fraternity
  • Served as Faculty Advisor:
    • Black Organization for Success in Society(BOSS)1970-1976,  Black Students Cooperative Union(BSCU), 1976-1985, African Students Cooperative Union(ASCU)1985-2012
    • Lambda Tau Omega Latin Sorority, 1990-2012
    • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 1971-2012
    • Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 1990-2012 and Honorary Member
    • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, 1997-2012
    • Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, 1990-2012
    • Muslim Students Association, 1980-2012
    • International Students Organization, 1976-1992
Choose a giving level


Level One

In honor of the number of years Dean Harris worked at Montclair State University


Level Two

The average price of one new textbook for a college class is $105


Level Three

Give $315 to cover the average cost of three textbooks.


Level Four

On average, a student will need $600 dollars of textbooks for one semester of courses.


Level Five

$1,200 is the average cost of textbooks for a student for one year of courses.

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