Crystal Harris

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Crystal Harris began her career at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in June 2002, first as Payroll Specialist II and then, in 2007, as an Academic Contract Specialist for Human Resources. In 2009, she became an Academic Contract Specialist for the Graduate School, where she has been the Academic Contract Supervisor for the past 7 years.

Crystal’s exceptional service and support for graduate students across campus earned her the Civil Service Staff Excellence Award in 2016. She has served on numerous committees and task forces, including those targeting graduate enrollment, diversity, and underrepresented students, and she regularly trains SIU staff members on contract procedures and funding opportunities. While working in the Graduate School, Crystal has supervised and mentored 8 graduate students, each of whom have taken their knowledge gained into their own successful careers. She is a staunch advocate for education and works hard to support all students at SIU.

Crystal is a native of Southern Illinois, where she lives with her husband, Shannon, and their dog, Geno. Together they enjoy traveling, doing 5K walks for charity, and going to concerts and movies.