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Beleaguered former IU-Kokomo chancellor lands new job

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The former chancellor of Indiana University’s Kokomo campus, who claimed he was the victim of a smear campaign by school administrators, has landed a new position with Tennessee State University.

Michael Harris, who resigned from IU-Kokomo on Sept. 19, has been named dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs for TSU. The Nashville-based university announced the appointment Monday.

IBJ reported in April about a series of emails showing that Harris’ relationships with administrators at IU-Kokomo deteriorated badly in his two years as chancellor, and that his departure was not the amicable affair IU and Harris made it out to be at the time.

One day after Harris resigned, he sent an email to IU officials accusing a group of veteran IU-Kokomo administrators of conspiring to push him out as chancellor. In a Nov. 29 email, he blamed rumors allegedly spread by IU-Kokomo administrators for his difficulty in finding a new job.
 

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