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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The University of North Carolina Wilmington has hired Jennifer B. Harris to fill a new position of Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships. She will join the university Monday, Sept. 19.

The position will provide university-wide leadership to support, develop and expand the university’s various partnerships with community groups, businesses and agencies at the local, regional, state and national levels. Harris will work closely with UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller, Chief of Staff Max Allen, vice chancellors, deans and other campus leaders to facilitate connections to and among business, community and government partnerships and initiatives, and manage and supervise all aspects of the Office of Community Partnerships.

“We are delighted to have Jenni Harris join UNCW to assist us in strengthening our partnerships in the community at all levels,” said Allen. “The professional experience, expertise and relationships she brings with her will be of great value to the university in moving forward to a new level of community engagement. This is a high priority for Chancellor Miller, and he is making sure that UNCW expands its reach throughout Wilmington, the state of North Carolina and in other parts of the country.”

Most recently serving as corporate sales and service manager for SMG Management Corp., which manages the Wilmington Convention Center, Harris has a strong history of business/community interaction and partnership development. With the Wilmington Convention Center, she initiated and built strong executive relationships with corporations, associations and municipalities on the local, state and national levels, and managed and coordinated event services for conventions, meetings, conferences and numerous other Convention Center events.

Harris has also worked as events manager for Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Wilma, where she developed and coordinated new partnerships with businesses and community groups and create and grow large-scale consumer and corporate events, including the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards, the Green Living Conference, the BizTech Conference and the Power Breakfast Series. She has worked closely with UNCW’s Cameron School of Business on several of these initiatives.

Harris received a bachelor of arts in English from UNC Wilmington in 1991, and a certificate in business administration from the Cameron School of Business in 2010, with a concentration in business development, marketing relationships and project management.

“It is such an honor to have been selected to work at my alma mater in this exciting new role,” Harris said. “The various avenues of community engagement that Chancellor Miller hopes to attain will lead to innovative ways to help shape UNCW’s commitment to the greater Wilmington area and beyond.”

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