The late Dr. Lyman Harris, who served on the Arkansas Tech University faculty from 1974-2014 and led Tech’s rehabilitation science program to become the first such accredited program in Arkansas, received a posthumous honor as professor emeritus of rehabilitation science from the ATU Board of Trustees on Thursday.
Harris joined the Arkansas Tech faculty in December 1974 and retired in August 2014. He was professor of rehabilitation science and program director at the time of his retirement.
Under his leadership, the rehabilitation science program became an official major at Tech.
Arkansas Tech was the first university in the state to offer an undergraduate rehabilitation science program. The Arkansas Tech program was the first accredited rehabilitation science program in Arkansas, and it was one of the first eight in the nation to gain accreditation.
Harris passed away in February 2016.