Bill and Jana Harper ’90
College of Arts and Letters
Bill and Jana Harper’s commitment to NAU dates back to their days here in the theatre department when they met on the stage of West Side Story. Jana’s connection actually goes back even further: born and raised in Flagstaff, her father was a business school professor and her mother taught in the Institute for Human Development.
After graduating from NAU with theatre degrees in 1990, the couple studied and worked in the in Kansas City, Missouri, and Portland, Oregon, before moving to Los Angeles, California. Bill Harper found great success there as a writer and producer for the hit television show Grey’s Anatomy. He is currently a consulting producer for the show, while also developing new shows for Sony Pictures Television and Netflix.
After working in theatre for many years, Jana Harper has devoted the past 17 years to raising the couple’s children and volunteering to support their school. She serves on the school’s board of directors and is responsible for fundraising efforts that have netted more than $120,000.
Over the years the couple has established two scholarships at NAU, connected with NAU graduates in Los Angeles. They also continue to support the theatre department with their time, generous donations, and expertise.