Chad Harris of Kansas City, Missouri, has been elected as an officer for the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Harris is a 2001 Iowa State University graduate in political science. Harris went on to receive his master’s degree in education from Indiana University. He also earned his Ed. D. in educational leadership from the University of Missouri. Harris is a life member and sustaining donor of the ISU Alumni Association.
Harris is chief development officer for Cornerstones of Care, a healthcare nonprofit focused on the mental and behavioral health needs of children and families across the Midwest. He manages the annual giving campaign and targeted appeals to grow the organization’s endowment and unrestricted funding of $4 million annually. He also leverages annual special events for community engagement and donor growth.
As a student at Iowa State, Chad’s myriad leadership activities included Student Alumni Leadership Council, FarmHouse Fraternity, Iowa State University Honors Program, and Iowa State University Museums. He received the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, served as a Cyclone Aide, and was the student representative on the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. Chad was a charter member of the ISUAA Young Alumni Council and received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2013.
His community involvement has been vast, with full integration into the Kansas City nonprofit environment. He received the 2017 Fraternity Executives Association Award for community contributions following a decade of service as the executive director of FarmHouse Fraternity.
The ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors establishes policies regarding the finances, property, management, and activities of the association for the purpose of engaging constituents in the further advancement of Iowa State University and the ISU Alumni Association. The ultimate objective of the board is to assist the association staff and volunteers in carrying out the mission and strategic plan in collaboration with the strategic goals of the university and other affiliated organizations, which include learning, scholarship, and engagement.