J. Ira and Nicki Harris
J. Ira Harris (BBA '59, LLD Hon 2012) of Palm Beach, Florida, is chair of the financial consulting firm J.I. Harris & Associates. He is a member of the President's Advisory Group, the Investment Advisory Committee, and the Leadership Advisory Board of the Taubman Medical Research Institute. Nicki Harris, who attended the University of Colorado, is vice president of several family foundations and serves on the board of numerous arts organizations, foundations, and educational institutions nationwide.At U-M, the couple and their family foundations generously fund student scholarships, professorships, named chairs, buildings, facilities, medical research, a sports journalism fellowship, a center for the study of corporate finance, and more, in such diverse schools and units as the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Michigan Athletics, LSA, Rackham Graduate School, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. They were honorary co-chairs of the Michigan Difference campaign.