William McKinley "Bill" Harris

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William McKinley "Bill" Harris was the founding Dean of the Afro-American Affairs Office at the University of Virginia, an entity created to promote the welfare of Black students. Harris served in that position from August 1976 to 1981. [1]

Harris is also the subject of a painting made by Charlottesville artists Frances Brand.

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Brand portrait

William McKinley Harris as depicted by Frances Brand


  1. Web. [https://oaaa.virginia.edu/sites/g/files/jsddwu1021/files/2022-03/Jordan.OAAA_.lecture.2006-1.pdf “The First Generation: Thirty Years of the Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia”], Ervin L. Jordan Jr., Lecture, November 7, 2006, retrieved December 2, 2023.

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