Dr. David T. Harrison became the fifth president of Columbus State Community College
in July 2010. Serving more than 45,000 students annually, Columbus State is one of
the largest and most comprehensive colleges in Ohio. Through its campuses in Columbus
and Delaware County and its nine regional learning centers, the college serves students
from all 88 counties in Ohio, provides more online learning opportunities than any
college in the state, and contributes nearly a billion dollars in regional economic
Under Dr. Harrison’s leadership, Columbus State has focused on improvements in student
outcomes with an emphasis on equity. The College has been recognized as a Leader
College of Distinction from Achieving the Dream, a national consortium of community
colleges focused on equitable student outcomes. In 2019, the College received the
Leah Meyer Austin Award, Achieving the Dream’s highest recognition.
Columbus State leads the region in expanding access to affordable bachelor’s degrees
through innovative university 2+2 partnerships and deep alignment with high school
partners. Dr. Harrison led the formation of The Central Ohio Compact, a regional strategy
among K-12, higher education leaders, and employers to help more students succeed
in college and in their careers. These partnerships provide Columbus State students
the opportunity to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace while reducing financial
barriers to degree attainment.
Prior to joining Columbus State, Dr. Harrison served in leadership roles at the University
of Central Florida, Seminole State College in Florida, and Sinclair Community College
in Ohio, and was a consulting manager with Accenture in Pittsburgh. He holds a Ph.D.
from The Ohio State University, an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at
the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from
the University of Dayton. He and his wife, Tracy, have been married for more than
30 years, and have 3 grown children: Julie, Mark, and Sam.