KC Magazine to Honor Sister Marie Harris

Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Sister Marie Joan Harris Honored by KC Magazine

KANSAS CITY, Mo., - S. Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D., provost and vice-president for academic affairs at Avila University, has been selected as a member of the 2012 Class of Influential Women by KC Business magazine.

With this honor, S. Marie, who in 2011 celebrated her golden jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph and her 41st year working at Avila, will be featured in the March issue of the magazine. She'll also attend a private meet-and-greet with fellow members of the class in February and receive her award during a cocktail reception in March.

"This is a great honor for Marie, and we couldn't be happier for her and this recognition," said Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., Avila president. "Her commitment as not only a CSJ but also nearly 42 years at our institution is truly commendable and makes this well deserved. She has served Avila and the broader community in many capacities, and we're proud to have her on our leadership team."

S. Marie has been instrumental in the creation and development of the Avila Advantage Program for working adults. She has shaped a dynamic and creative faculty who are recognized as teachers and scholars. She led the initiative to create the Avila Value Statements as well as the successful implementation of the 2002-2008 Strategic Plan. She has also served the community at large by serving on nine boards providing leadership, guidance and influence.

This is the sixth year that KC Business has recognized successful women committed to mentoring, personal growth and community involvement. The magazine has honored nearly 150 Kansas City leaders in the corporate, non-profit, artistic and entrepreneurial communities.

This article is from the Office of Marketing and Communication at Avila University, a sponsored institution of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

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