Omar Harbison will join AAC&U on July 5 as the director of student success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. He will manage various externally funded projects and develop research related to student success, with an emphasis on underserved students.
Before joining AAC&U, Omar served as senior instructional media producer and trainer in the Center for Faculty Professional Development at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he designed the infrastructure for a university-wide digital dossier and eportfolio process. He has also served as an assistant professor at Morehouse College in the journalism and sports program and the cinema, television, and emerging media program. Omar started his career in higher education in 2005 at North Carolina Central University, where he taught English composition and speech communication. Omar is also an award-winning media professional with more than seventeen years of experience in broadcast journalism and new media technology. His documentary, HIV/AIDS: Have We Forgotten?, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009.
Omar graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor of arts degree in industrial organizational psychology. He earned a master of arts degree in journalism from Regent University, where he continued his studies with a postgraduate concentration in organizational leadership.