Biography of Director
David E. Harrison is a native of Valdosta, GA. He currently serves as the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services within the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He joined the Fisher team in 1993.
Prior to serving in this role, he was an Assistant Director of Recruitment and Development and Office Manager within the Office of Minority Affairs at The Ohio State University. He was hired by his mentor, the late Dr. Frank Hale Jr. as a Recruiter/Counselor and Coordinator of the Minority Scholars Program in the Office of Minority Affairs in 1987.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at North Carolina A&T State University in 1985 and his Masters of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy and Theory at The Ohio State University in 1988. He received two Certificates of Commendations and an Honorable Discharge because of his service as a Reservist in the United Stated States Marine Corps. He served for eight years (1985-1993) in the USMCR.
Considered as one of the most recognized and accomplished Senior Administrative Staff Members at The Ohio State University, his extracurricular campus and community awards and honors are numerous and include the following: Columbus Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizens Community Service/Junior Achievement Award-1997; OSU Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award-1998; OSU National Alumni Association Josephine Failer Award-1998; Franklin County Children’s Services Ten Year Volunteer Service Award-1999; Asian Business Student Association Faculty/Staff Award of Appreciation for Guidance, Hard Work, and Support-2000; 2001 OSU Distinguished Staff Award; 2003 Most Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award; 2004 Boy Scouts of America Whitney Young Service Award, and the 2004 and 2011 FCOB Outstanding Staff Service Award. He is a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge (St. Mark's Lodge #7) and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also a Lifetime member of the ALPFA, NABA, NBMBAA, and the NSHMBAs. He is a 2004 inductee into the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He is a Past President of the NBMBAA - Columbus Chapter. He was recognized by the 10,000 member national organization as its “2005 National BMBAA Member of the Year" and in 2014 its President and CEO's National Helping Hands Award recipient. He is currently featured as one of the Most Influential Blacks in Columbus, Who’s Who Blacks in Columbus, 2015 Edition. His office currently supports 15 student organizations within the Fisher College of Business. He has been instrumental in helping to start eight organizations over his 29+ years of service at The Ohio State University as a Graduate Student Assistant and University Administrator.
David resides, with his wife (Tamara Evette) and their three daughters (Krystal Renee, Esther Marie, and Charity Michaele), in Columbus, Ohio. He also has a fourth daughter (Ashley Nicole Williams) who resides in Jacksonville, Florida. David and his family attend the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church (Columbus, OH) and he serves as Chairman of the Deacon's Ministry.