Wallace G. (Bo) Harris
Interim Chair, Human Resource Management
Program Chair, Emergency Management
Assistant Professor, Emergency Management
Profile

Course areas taught: Community defense, risk & impact analysis, agency management, political dimensions of disaster, war/terrorism, public budget & finance.

Dr. Harris began teaching at the University as an adjunct assistant professor in 2000 and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the emergency management and disaster science degree program. In 2010, he assumed the program chair position on an interim basis and became a full time visiting faculty at the School. As program chair, he is responsible for the managing the curricula, faculty and day to day activities of the program. Prior to teaching at the University of Richmond, Dr. Harris was adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University and at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College.

Dr. Harris is retired after a career in Virginia state government where he was Senior Deputy Director of the Virginia Retirement System and, just prior to retirement, was Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Department of Social Services. In the latter position, he represented the Commissioner of Social Services on the Commonwealth’s Substance Abuse Advisory Council. Dr. Harris is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Virginia Emergency Management Association, and gthe Risk and Insurance Management Society. He holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Dr. Harris is also a reservist for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Dr. Harris’ interests are in the areas of public policy, organization theory, enterprise risk management and performance management.  He is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public administration and affairs and is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Emergency Management. He represents the School of Continuing Studies on the University’s Institutional Review Board.

Courses Taught

  • Graduate
    • Defense of Communities: An Integrated Approach
    • Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk Analysis
    • Managing Governmental Organizations
    • Politics of Disaster
    • Sources of Knowledge
    • War, Terrorism and Conflict
  • Undergraduat
    • Management and Organization of Public Agencies
    • Public Budget and Finance
    • Risk, Hazard and Impact Analysis
Presentations

June 2002, “Mastering the Use of the Internet and Websites—Overcoming Communications Obstacles with the Board and Service Providers,” (Panelist, National Public Employees’ Retirement Fund Summit, Orlando, Fla.)

May 2002, “Use of Benchmarking to Identify Best Practices in Teacher Retirement System Management,” (Panelist, National Council on Teacher Retirement Deputy Directors’ Workshop, Richmond)

May 2001, “Activity Based Management,” (Panelist, National Council on Teacher Retirement Deputy Directors’ Workshop, Columbus, Oh.)

August 1997, “Public Retirement Systems as Independent Agencies,” (Panelist, National Association of State Retirement Administrators Annual Conference, Monterey, Ca.)

August 1992, “The Role of the Deputy Director,” (Panelist, National Association of State Retirement Administrators Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA)

August 1991, “Early Retirement Incentive Programs,” (National Association of State Retirement Administrators Annual Conference, Maui, Hi.)

Designations
SPHR
Memberships
Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public administration and affairs
Editorial review board, Journal of Emergency Management
American Society for Public Administration
Society for Human Resource Management
Virginia Emergency Management Association
Risk and Insurance Management Society
Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor and Program Coordinator, Emergency Services Management (2008-2010)

School of Continuing Studies, University of Richmond, Virginia

Principal (2011-Present)
WHG Consulting, LLC, Midlothian, Va.
Consultant (2009-present)

Assura Consulting, Inc., Henrico, Virginia

Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer (2005-2008)

Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA

Acting Chief Operating Officer (2005)

Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA

Acting Commissioner (2005)

Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA

Executive on Loan (2004-2005)

Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA

Senior Deputy Director (2001-2005)

Virginia Retirement System, Richmond, Virginia

Acting Director (2001-2002, 2005)

Virginia Retirement System, Richmond, Virginia

Deputy Director (1992-2001)

Virginia Retirement System, Richmond, Virginia

Assistant Director for Benefits (1979-1992)

Virginia Retirement System, Richmond, Virginia

Operations Manager (1977-1979)

Virginia Retirement System, Richmond, Virginia

Assistant Human Resources Officer (1976-1979)

Virginia Department of Taxation, Richmond, Virginia

Management Analyst (1972-1977)

Virginia Department of Taxation, Richmond, Virginia

Institutional Service

Represents the School of Continuing Studies on the University’s Institutional Review Board


Education
B.A., University of Richmond 1969
M.B.A., University of Richmond 1977
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth Univerity 1999
Dissertation: The Governor's Cabinet in Virginia: An Analysis
Contact Information
(804) 287-1246
(804) 289-8138 (Fax)