About Ken Harris

Kenneth Harris, Jr., Ph.D has been a resident of Wisconsin since 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, from Concordia University Wisconsin. In addition to these, he holds a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin (with concentrations in Finance and Risk Management) and a PhD in Leadership Studies from Marian University. He holds a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Dr. Harris retired from the Milwaukee Police Department in 2017 where he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant.

A practiced and multi-faceted educator, Dr. Harris has over three decades of experience in his field, and is experienced as a law enforcement recruit instructor and adjunct in-service instructor. Previously, he served as the Milwaukee Police Department Public Information Officer, and enjoys 40 years of broadcast media experience. Dr. Harris currently serves as the Department Chair for Criminal Justice and Public Policy, and Director of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration program at Concordia University Wisconsin.



  • 2017 Positively Milwaukee Community Hero Award. 

  • 2016 Black Excellence Award for Public Service – The Milwaukee Times. 

  • 2nd Place Silver Dome Award for Best Single Public Affairs Program – Illinois Broadcasters Association. 

  • 3rd Place a Silver Dome Award for Excellence in Broadcasting – Illinois Broadcasters Association. 

  • Chicago Mayor’s Office Community Service Letter of Appreciation. 

  • Distinguished Award of Community Service from WGN-Tribune Broadcasting Company and the Church Federation of Greater Chicago. 

  • Merit Arrest Award for Armed Robbery – Milwaukee Police Department.


True leadership...

“I have known Dr. Harris for several years, and I have found him to be the utmost professional. His dedication to leadership development and mentoring individuals such as myself and many others is second to none.

He has a keen ability to help individuals dig deep into themselves and explore the true definition of leadership, and apply it to many facets of one's life. He is a keen strategist, in the areas of finances, business, education, and politics. He has served the role as key advisor to me throughout my career as a State Representative. I would strongly encourage individuals to use him as a key resource, and advisor to improve the overall quality of their life..”

— J.F.

A leader by example...

“Ken is one of the most inspirational people I have ever come in contact with. He is a leader by example and executes on any project he takes on. He is very insightful, detailed oriented and possesses a wealth of knowledge of topics from civil rights to foreign affairs. Ken possess a "can do" attitude and is willing to support to help you achieve or succeed. While working on projects together, Ken has displayed not only his willingness to assist but will bring his knowledge and experience to the table to ensure the project is a success.”

— D.A.

A great resource...

"Ken is one of the most detailed oriented professionals I have had the opportunity to work with. He is reliable and is comfortable engaging in constructive debate. He is results driven, but is able to follow the proper process and procedures without losing focus on the goal. 
Ken is a great resource that I have consulted on numerous occasions."

— F.J.

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”

Rita Mae Brown