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About Southwest Baptist University

Dr. Rob Harris, Vice President for Student Development

Rob Harris

Rob Harris began his employment at SBU in the summer of 1988. He started as the assistant director of admissions and worked his way through the ranks by becoming the director of admissions in 1996. His time spent recruiting and admitting future SBU students was built upon a personal conviction that Christian higher education provides an extra dimension that enables students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. In 2004, he transitioned to the dean of students position where he is able to serve the University, its students and other institutional constituents in an effort to help fulfill the University’s mission. In 2012, he was promoted to vice president for student development. Overall, he enjoys helping students think critically, consider new ideas, solve problems, and depend on the Holy Spirit’s direction.

Rob enrolled as a student at SBU in the fall of 1984 and was a member of SBU’s football, baseball and Students In Free Enterprise (Enactus) teams. He graduated in 1988 with his B.S. degree in Business Administration. He went on to earn his M.S. degree in Education from SBU in 1996. In 2012, he completed his Ed.D. at Northcentral University. 
Rob and his wife, Lorie, met in their first week of classes of their freshman year, united in matrimony three years later and have been dating ever since.  Rob, Lorie and their three children are active members of First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Missouri.