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Dr. Mark Harris, USMC (Ret), President and Chief Executive Officer

Mark HarrisDr. Harris serves as the President and CEO of the Woody Williams Foundation (WWF). Before his appointment at the WWF, he worked as the Vice President of Education and Research at 1109 Bravo LLC, researching injury recovery and performance enhancement with servicemembers. From 2015 to 2022, he served as the High Point Campus Dean at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) for seven years. Before GTCC, Dr. Harris served as a JROTC high school teacher, varsity coach, high school assistant principal, and elementary and middle school principal for 16 years at Guilford County Schools (GCS).

Dr. Harris spent 24 years in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Infantry in 3D Battalion 2D Marines as an S-2 Scout Sniper, Force, and Batallion Reconnaissance Units as a Platoon Sergeant/Operations Chief/Platoon Commander, and as the Company First Sergeant for Special Purpose Marine Task Force UNITAS in South America. He served as the Executive Officer of OPERATION RALEIGH, a British expedition to Chile under the patronage of HRH King Charles. Dr. Harris participated in military operations in OPERATION SHARP EDEGE Liberia, Africa; OPERATION DESERT SHIELD-STORM KUWAIT; and OPERATION UNITAS in South America. He also spent nine years in adult military education as a Drill Instructor, Primary Marksmanship Instructor, NCO School, and The Advanced SNCO course instructor. He also served as an Instructor and Noncommissioned Officer in Charge at the Amphibious Reconnaissance Course. His military schools include Drill Instructor, Basic and Advance Recon Course, Coxwain Skills Couse (USMC and USN SEAL), Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces (SF) Special Operations Combat Diver, SF Freefall (HALO), and Moutain Leader.

Dr. Harris received a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Ethics from John Wesley College (now Carolina International University in Winston-Salem), a Master's degree in School Administration, and an Education Specialist Degree in Cultural Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mark received a Doctor of Humane Letters from John Wesley University and an earned Doctorate in Education Leadership from High Point University. Dr. Harris has been married to Donna Mulinix Harris for 44 years. They have two children, Tiffany and Tyler, and three grandchildren. Their home is in La Grange, Kentucky.