New director set to take office at Center of Southwest Studies

Jay T. Harrison will become the new director of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, the college announced this week.

Harrison, who previously was director of federal programs at Fairfield Technologies Inc., will join the center in August. He also taught European and Latin American history at Hood College in Frederick, Md. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Missouri and a master’s and doctorate in history from Catholic University of America.

Harrison assumes the position last held by Kevin Britz, who died in 2011 of cancer. Ken Francis, who took over as interim director of the center after Britz’s death, is retiring this summer.

“After having the opportunity to meet Dr. Harrison, I was impressed with his knowledge of Fort Lewis College and the Center of Southwest Studies,” FLC President Dene Thomas said in a news release.

“He holds a vision of the future that would define and enhance the center’s service to the region and the nation as a cultural showcase and research facility. He also understands the importance of securing sustainable funding for the center. With these things in mind, I am confident that Dr. Harrison is the right person to lead the Center of Southwest Studies into an exciting future,” Thomas said.

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