Dr. Michael L. Harris is a Professor and Director of the Small Business Institute® (SBI) in the College of Business at East Carolina University. He is the Immediate past President of the national Small Business Institute®, and Co-Editor of the Small Business Institute® Journal. His research interests include entrepreneurship education and experiential learning, entrepreneurial attitudes and intentions, and rural and minority entrepreneurship. His research has been published in the Journal of Small Business Strategy, New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.
As Director of the ECU SBI program, Dr. Harris has worked with over 500 students to complete 84 consulting projects for local small business clients. His teams have won numerous awards in the National Small Business Institute® Project-of-the-Year competition, including first place in the nation in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2013. In addition, he has won the College of Business Teacher Scholar Award, ECU Alumni Teaching Award, and the ECU Board of Governor's Distinguished Professor Award.
Dr. Harris (1992, 1993) and his wife April (1994, 1996) are proud graduates of East Carolina University. At home, they enjoy raising two sons, Joshua and Caleb, and coaching them in baseball and basketball.