About Dr. Lynne Murray
A leader known for raising the national and international profiles of educational and nonprofit institutions, Dr. Lynne Murray officially became the 29th president of Baker University on July 1, 2014. She was announced as Baker's new president on Dec. 5, 2013, after a national search.
Murray previously served as the vice president for development, international and alumni relations at Washington, D.C.-based Gallaudet University, the world's only university for deaf and hard of hearing people. For more than 20 years, she has worked collaboratively with community organizations, initiating national and global partnerships, and spearheading fundraising efforts.
"Dr. Murray will bring energy and new perspectives to Baker and is fully committed to strengthening our ability to provide a high-touch, high-impact education," Baker Board of Trustees Chair Rich Howell said. "She brings significant experience in such key areas as fundraising, revenue generation, strategic planning, fiscal management, alumni and community engagement, partnership building and reputation enhancement. Moreover, she possesses the kind of student-centered vision that lies at the core of the Baker identity."
As vice president at Gallaudet, Murray was instrumental in setting the strategic direction for the university and securing private support to advance the institution. She worked closely with the board, president and community to raise more than $79 million to support scholarships, faculty excellence and academic programs.
Murray also worked at Georgetown University, where she was a leader in the development and implementation of the 1789 Scholarship Imperative to raise $500 million. As a senior director for advancement, she played a key role in raising $317 million in total gifts from 2008 to 2010 and worked closely with the deans, president and vice president of advancement to develop a comprehensive engagement strategy for the Mid-Atlantic region.
Before Georgetown, Murray worked at Johns Hopkins in corporate and community relations. She also served as the director for Youth Service America, where she was recognized in 1994 by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton for her leadership in creating awareness for youth service.
Murray began her career in public television as a producer and on-air personality, winning in 1992 three national public television awards for individual giving, on-air fundraising and overall development.
Murray received a bachelor's degree in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland, a master's degree in marketing from Johns Hopkins and a doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet.
Her husband, Jeff Murray, worked at Gallaudet for more than 25 years in the fields of television and technology, most recently as the manager of video services. Jeff was a member of the U.S. Air Force before joining Gallaudet, serving in Colorado, Greenland, Greece and Texas.