Troy Harris
Asst VP for Institutional Resilience

Keeping our resources applied to our mission.


Higher Education

  • Emergency Management - Champions the college's Institutional Resilience Framework to foster a culture of readiness for wildfire, earthquake and all other hazards. Developed the shelter-in-place plan credited with the injury-free protection of 800 people during the disastrous Tea Fire of 2008 (loss of 8 campus buildings and 210 neighborhood homes).
  • Risk Management - Interacts with all college departments to sustain common awareness of how we can achieve good things in furtherance of our educational mission while well-balancing risk and reward.
  • Compliance Management - Coordinates activities college-wide to enable substantial compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Oversees ongoing compliance with the County of Santa Barbara's Conditional Use Permit by which the college operates in a neighborhood surrounded by fine homes.
  • Administration - Since 1997, directs the Office of Institutional Resilience and supports the functions of Procurement, Bookstore, Mailing Services and Reprographics test how this shows up
  • Special Projects - Key assignments have included orchestrating the Tea Fire recovery effort; monitoring compliance with the college's Conditional Use Permit; coordinating the summer conference program; and managing the Telecommunications department


  • Purchasing (1993-97) - Managed a staff of professionals conducting $50 million in annual purchases for the County of Santa Barbara
  • Information Systems (1990-93) - Coordinated the County's Information Systems Strategic Plan; developed a comprehensive departmental IS plan for Social Services. Also during this period served as a budget analyst for the County Administrator
  • Courts (1986-89) - Supervised the Records Management Unit of the Santa Barbara Superior Court; supervised operations of the County Recorder

Private Enterprise

  • DocuMotion (1984-85) - Portable copying of medical and other records for attorneys
  • Associated Attorney Services (1974-84) - Owned/operated a legal support services business with up to 15 staff providing portable copying, process serving, court filing and ancillary assignments
  • ReproGrafix (1977) - Partner in a full-services design and printing service
  • ReadyTracker- Emergency Management Simplifiers that help colleges and universities manage their emergency plans according to national standards
  • DRIVER - The "Driver Record Information Verified to Evaluate Risk" program vets students driving on college business
  • Internship Liability - Training, coordinating and form development to minimize liability exposure for students as they get real-world experience
  • Foreign travel programs - Safety briefings, faculty orientation, insurance products and other means to reduce the risks of travel abroad
  • The User-Friendly Bid - A simplified, effective approach to interacting with bidders in formal procurement processes
  • ASAP - Developed the specifications for the Attorney Services Automated Production system that continues to serve over 100 businesses
  • Legislation - Drafted wording that, in collaboration with our association lobbyist, made it into California law
  • NCR Design Award - Won national recognition for creative and attractive use of space on a complex multi-part form

Board, Executive & Expert roles

  • URMIA - 2011-2014 Board of Directors for the University Risk Management & Insurance Association, and liaison to the Communications Committee; prior service on Bylaws, Membership and TULIP development committees
  • IAEM-UCC Standards Working Group- Chair for the University & College Caucus of the International Association of Emergency Managers
  • NIMAA Leadership Team - Serves as a resource point of contact for FEMA Regions 6 and 9 for the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement
  • HEEM-NAAC - Invited to represent URMIA and the community of higher education emergency management (HEEM) practitioners on the National Assessment Advisory Committee (NAAC) sponsored by the National Center for Campus Public Safety to evaluate program needs that reflected input from 45 states
  • Gallagher Think Tanks - Invited to participate in four selective national higher education panels, on emergency management, internship liability, advanced enterprise risk management, and risk management wisdom
  • MERRAG - Former president and board member of the Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group
  • The Academy of St John - Former chair and board member for a small private classical school
  • Hope Community Church - Former elder, and chair of the administrative team for many years
  • CAPPS - Board member of the California Association of Photocopiers & Process Servers (now CALSPro)
  • WCSA - Student body president (the Westmont College Student Association)
Emergency Management

Active engagement

  • MERRAG - Response team member
  • Red Cross - Government Liaison representative
  • ARES - Participant in the Amateur Radio Emergency Services organization, holding the FCC Technician license of KR1SES
  • MRC - Certified logistics volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corp
  • VOAD - Trained for service as Emergency Operations Center liaison for Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster
  • Potter's Clay - Active on-site management of risks associated with Westmont's spring break ministry program involving hundreds of students in Ensenada each year since 1999
  • Well-received presentations at numerous gatherings of various associations around the nation (IAEM/UCC, URMIA, CSHEMA, NACUBO,WACUBO, ABACC, ISM, NIGP, CAPPO) on topics that range from managing foreign travel risks to enhancing procurement practices to being ready for disasters
  • See list of presentations and publications on my LinkedIn page
  • Employee of the Year at Westmont, 2005
  • Certified Purchasing Manager credential from the Institute for Supply Management, 1997
  • Manager of the Year at Santa Barbara County, 1996
  • Took top prize at the California State Association of Counties annual competition for innovative government programs with Santa Barbara's "Local Vendor Outreach", 1994
  • Life member of the Omikron Delta Kappa national men's honor society, 1974
  • Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 1974
  • "Honors at Entrance" to Westmont, 1970
Fun Stuff


  • North America
    • US: 49 states so far; Alaska still ahead
    • Canada: Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and others
    • Mexico: over 150 days in the Republic; multiple on-duty trips each year since 1999
  • Europe
    • France; Portugal; Italy; Belgium; Netherlands; England
  • Africa
    • Dakar, Senegal


  • Polaris Slingshot birthday rental: a 10-out-of-10 day, 2015
  • Motorhome loop in AZ, UT, NV and back to CA, 2015
  • Polaris ATV 2-seater, to top of Schnebly Hill in Sedona AZ, 2013
  • Carnival Inspiration: finally got to try out the cruise lifestyle; not hooked on it, 2012
  • Harley-Davidson for three zoomin' days in San Francisco and the Santa Cruz mountains, 2012
  • Cadillac STS to Maine and back with my 33 year old daughter; 27 delightful days touching 36 states and 2 provinces, 2011.
  • Amtrak, from/to Santa Barbara via: Seattle/Chicago/Dallas, 1984; Seattle/Salt Lake City, 1988; Portland/Denver, 1993; Vancouver, 2008
  • Helicopter, submarine, catamaran, kayak on the Big Island when we won a 10-day all-expenses trip to Hawaii, 2002
  • Bungee jump, Colorado, 1993
  • Sailplane (ie, soaring/gliding), CA Bay Area, 1991
  • Bobcat skid-steer loader (got pretty good at navigating this little tractor), 1990
  • Aerobatics (flew upside down and rolling), 1984
  • Air Force F-15 "Flying Rock" fighter plane (well, the flight simulator at Tinker AFB where my brother was on the sim support crew), 1983
  • Yamaha 750 to Canada with my dad on the back, 1978
  • 18-wheeler big rig (drove while on a Sociology project; couldn't believe the trucker in my research study let me get behind the wheel!), 1974
  • Jumped a freight train (300 miles on a flatbed under an earth-mover), 1970
  • Surfing and scuba diving, mid 70s
  • Hitchhiked around California, early 70s

Family - Can't imagine how a marriage can be better. 25+ years with a most remarkable wife, and the blessing of two really amazing kids—and now the grands.

Faith - Living and supple, shaped in the last decade-plus by the deep richness of Orthodox Christianity; informed by an upbringing in evangelical Christianity and the maturing years in Protestant Christianity and contemplative Buddhist practice—yielding the ability to appreciate and respect differences in perspective and commitment.

Foundation - The experience of living in 21 homes in 10 cities and attending 13 schools K-12 produced resilience, adaptability, and the ability to ramp up quickly when necessary—which has served well across the stages of career and circumstance.

Troy Harris



Troy Harris
Asst VP for Institutional Resilience