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About EVP David W. Harris

Director of the NM Legislative Finance Committee

Secretary of the NM Department of Finance & Administration

Deputy Chief of Staff in 2003-2004 for Governor Bill Richardson

Executive Director of the NM Finance Authority


David HarrisDavid W. Harris, Executive Vice President for Administration, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, joined the University of New Mexico in May 2004. Mr. Harris served as the Acting President from January 25, 2006 to May 31, 2007. Mr. Harris brings to the University more than 40 years of financial expertise. In 1972, he began his career with the New Mexico State Government working for the Legislative Finance Committee. He held various leadership positions in State Government.

As Executive Vice President for Administration, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Harris is responsible for the oversight and management of the University's $2.5 billion budget. Mr. Harris is a member of the President's Executive Cabinet and chair of the Senior Budget Leadership Team. He coordinates the University of New Mexico Regents' Finance and Facilities Committee, and he also directs a number of senior administrators who oversee nearly 3,000 employees. Mr. Harris administers the following non-academic units:

Mr. Harris received a B.B.A. in 1971 from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), where he focused on Industrial Management and Business Administration. In 2002, Mr. Harris received recognition as the Outstanding Alumnus from ENMU. He currently serves on the following boards and committees:

  • Innovate ABQ - Board of Directors
  • STC.UNM - Board of Directors
  • Lobo Development Corp. - Board of Directors
  • Lobo Energy, Inc. - Board of Directors
  • UNM Committee on Naming Facilities, Spaces, Endowments, and Programs
  • UNM Emergency Operations Committee
  • Budget Leadership Team (BLT)
  • NMHED Funding Formula Committee
  • Rocky Mountain Business Officers Member
  • Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU)