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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Texas A&M University
Tarleton State University
Friday, May 06, 2011
— Dr. Karen Murray has been selected as Tarleton State University’s new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, pending approval by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. If approved at the board meeting May 26-27, Dr. Murray will assume her new duties on July 1. She currently serves as the university’s interim provost.
In addition to leading Tarleton’s development and growth in Fort Worth and Waco, Dr. Murray has served in a number of academic leadership positions since coming to Tarleton in 1987. Her prior service includes director and head of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs for Curriculum and Assessment, and associate vice president for Academic Affairs for Assessment, Curriculum and Outreach.
“Dr. Murray’s experience as a faculty member and academic administrator combined with her commitment to shared governance, recruitment and support of outstanding faculty, engaged student learning, and partnership development make her an excellent choice to help us achieve our strategic goals,” said Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton.
Murray earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology jointly conferred by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Murray was chosen for the post from a pool of three finalists following an extensive nationwide search led by Dean Adolfo Benavides of the College of Business Administration. She succeeds Dr. Gary Peer, who retired in January.
“This is a great honor for me, and also a tremendous challenge to meet the goals and expectations of the Tarleton family,” said Murray. “With the help of our superb faculty, staff and students, I will do my utmost to provide strong leadership and passionate support to our shared goals and expanding horizons.”
Murray lives outside Morgan Mill with her husband, Darrel, and two children, Sarah, 18, and Andrew, 16. Another daughter, Melissa Eubank, lives in Fort Worth.
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