Jarris L. Taylor, associate director of HU's Honors College, has been appointed deputy assistant secretary for Strategic Diversity Integration of the U. S. Air Force by President Barack Obama.
"As a 20-year retiree of the United States Air Force, to be called to duty once again to serve our country is a blessing and privilege," Taylor, who began work this week in his new post said.
According to the Air Force Web site, he will be responsible for directing all plans and programs affecting diversity integration for Air Force military and civilian personnel. He will provide leadership, strategic direction and oversight to all levels of the Air Force to ensure a diverse and inclusive force.
A 1995 HU alum, Taylor joined the Air Force in 1985 and retired in 2005, then became an adjunct professor at Regent University and Norfolk State University. In 2006, he was appointed an associate director of both HU's honors college and HU William Harvey Leadership Institute.
According to HU, Taylor is the university's fourth alum to work in a top spot in the Obama White House. Others include 1993 graduate Dana Lewis, who is a personal aide to first lady Michelle Obama; 1993 graduate Danielle Crutchfield, who is director of scheduling for Obama; and 1993 graduate Jamesa Moone, human capital director in the Office of Management and Budget.