Sidney E. Harris is a graduate of Morehouse College and earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University.
Dr. Harris is Professor and Dean Emeritus at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. During his tenure (1997-2004) as dean, he reformulated the strategic direction of the College, provided leadership for a fundraising campaign that raised over $27 million (including the college’s naming gift) and launched three new research centers. In addition, the College’s Part-time MBA program was consistently ranked in the Top 10 and overall sixteen different program areas were ranked by eight different national and international publications, including the Financial Times, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes.
His professional career began in the Operations Research Center with AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey and he moved to Georgia State University where he became a (tenured) member of the College of Business faculty. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University as professor of management. He served as dean of the school from 1991-1996. He led a fundraising campaign that resulted in a new home for the school and co-founded the Institute of U.S.- Japan Relations in the World Economy with Professor Peter F. Drucker.
His research and teaching focused on the dilemmas that leaders face during times of uncertainty in confronting reality, adapting to strategic change and leading their firms through “fork in the road” decisions. Decisions in which the stakes are high and so are the risks for the leader and the top management team. He has traveled to thirty countries and has lectured internationally at several universities, including Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Sorbonne University (Paris), Erasmus University (Holland), United Arab Emirates University (U.A.E.), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of West Indies (Trinidad) and the National University of Singapore.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ridgeworth Funds ($20B mutual fund complex). In 2015, he was named “Trustee of the Year” at the Fund Directions 22nd Annual Mutual Funds industry Awards. He also serves on the board of TSYS, an electronic payments processor, where he is Chairman of the Technology Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.
He enjoys listening to jazz, traveling, boating, fishing, and college football.