NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame alumnus Robert H. Harris and his wife, Mary Ellen, have made a $5.5 million gift to his alma mater to underwrite the construction of a stadium for the Fighting Irish track and field teams.
The Harris Family Track and Field Stadium will be built on the west side of the nine-lane outdoor track and field facility in the southeast corner of the Notre Dame campus.
This gift, coupled with their previous donation in 2008 toward the completion of the track, will have a lasting impact on the transformation of the track and field program, said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics.
“We are grateful to Bob and Mary Ellen Harris for this generous gift that will enable
Harris earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Notre Dame and a doctorate in biochemistry from Rutgers University and is the president and chief executive officer of Harris FRC Corp., a New Jersey-based firm that offers strategic expertise on projects involving the development of drugs, biologics, medical devices, dietary supplements and cosmetics.
Harris’ experience in research, development, safety testing, evaluation, and regulatory affairs in the industry and academia as well with federal agencies, has aided numerous clients in bringing new products to market while preserving the status of existing products. Prior to Harris FRC, he worked as a research scientist at Warner Lambert and as director of preclinical sciences and executive director of regulatory affairs and product development at American Home Products. While in the latter position, he was actively involved in the approval of five new drug applications and the switch of Advil to over-the-counter status.
In addition, Harris has held positions with the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes for Health, and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown Medical Center. He is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and serves on the College of Science Advisory Council at Notre Dame.
“Mary Ellen and I are humbled to have the opportunity to offer this transformational gift to the University of Notre Dame and the track and field program” said Bob Harris “We are truly excited about the life long impact this gift will make on the lives of the track and field student-athletes and coaches and on the South Bend community.