Hattiesburg, Miss., May 10, 2013 - Col. Stan Harris, assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, will serve as the guest speaker for William Carey University’s Tradition campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
Col. Harris began his current position in February 2013 after completing over one year as legal advisor for Task Force 2010, the Department of Defense anti-procurement fraud unit in Kabul, Afghanistan. Previously, he served as command judge advocate for Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, where he was assigned after deployment with the 155th Brigade Combat Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his service in Iraq, Col. Harris worked for the Department of Justice, serving as first assistant U.S. attorney (chief-of-staff) as well as ethics advisor and anti-terrorism coordinator.
Previously, he served for 16 years on the Washington staff of Sen. Trent Lott, former majority leader of the U.S. Senate. He began as counsel for then-Congressman Lott in the U.S. House of Representatives and later became chief counsel and deputy chief-of-staff for Sen. Lott. In recognition of his efforts impacting municipal, county, state, and federal government, Col. Harris was listed in “Outstanding Young Men of America” and is an honorary member of the U.S. Park Police.
Raised in Hattiesburg, Col. Harris attended William Carey College where he graduated summa cum laude in 1982 with the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, majoring in English, history, and social science with business administration and political science minors. He then earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He has received multiple awards as well as a Mississippi State University fellowship where he studied in the Master of Public Policy and Administration Program.
Col. Harris is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer’s College, as well as a certified military judge. A member of the National Guard Association of Mississippi and the U.S., his decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and many others.
Col. Harris and his wife Lauren live in Ocean Spring and have five children;. He is on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America Pine Burr Area Council and has served as chairman of deacons at First Baptist Church of Biloxi.