Dec. 5, 2013
Baker University selects Gallaudet administrative leader as president
Baldwin City, Kan. — An administrative leader known for raising the national and international profiles of educational and nonprofit institutions, Dr. Lynne Murray is announced today by Baker University Board of Trustees Chair Rich Howell as the 29th president of Baker.
Murray is currently 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 partners, initiating national and global partnerships, spearheading fundraising efforts and generating increased revenue.
"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," 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."
Murray will succeed President Dr. Patricia N. Long, who announced in February her plans to retire at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year after leading Baker for eight years. Murray will officially take the university's helm on July 1, 2014.
"I am delighted to become Baker's next president," Murray said. "I was immediately drawn to Baker because of the excellence of its faculty, staff and students and because of its regional distinction in academics, nursing, education and athletics. I believe the trajectory that Baker is on, built by the community and President Long, is one that I can advance working with academic leaders and esteemed faculty members."
As vice president at Gallaudet, Murray has been instrumental in setting the strategic direction for the university, fiscal management and securing private support to advance the institution. She has worked closely with the board, president and community to raise more than $79 million to support scholarships, faculty excellence and academic programs.
Murray has also worked at Georgetown University, where she was a key leader in the development and implementation of the 1789 Scholarship Imperative to raise $500 million by 2014. As a senior director for advancement, she was instrumental in raising $317 million in total gifts from 2008-2010 and worked closely with deans, the president and vice president of advancement to develop a comprehensive engagement strategy for the Mid-Atlantic region and worked closely with university leadership and board members on implementation.
Before Georgetown, Murray worked at Johns Hopkins in corporate and community relations and 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 three national public television awards for individual giving, on-air fundraising and overall development in 1992.
Murray earned a doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet University, a master's in marketing from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor's in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Her husband of 18 years is Jeffrey "Jeff" Murray. Jeff has worked at Gallaudet University for more than 25 years in the fields of television and technology. An Air Force veteran, Jeff led the transformation of the American Legion on Capitol Hill and was recognized as Commander of the Year in 2008.
"My husband, Jeff, and I arrived in Baldwin City on a Sunday (in November) before a two-day visit with the campus community," Murray said. "We used that time and anonymity to explore on our own. What we saw was a lively place, full of activity and people of all ages. We thought, this seems like a special place. By the time our official two-day visit ended with members of the Baker family and the Baldwin City community, we knew we were right. We were so warmly welcomed and we witnessed firsthand the passion and commitment of the people that make this place so special. We are so glad to be among them and feel deeply blessed for this opportunity."
Founded in 1858 and the first university in Kansas, Baker serves more than 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in four schools: the College of Arts and Sciences at the campus in Baldwin City, Kan.; the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, which serves adult learners at campuses in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita in Kansas, and Kansas City and Lee's Summit in Missouri; the School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka; and the School of Education which operates in Baldwin City and Overland Park and at sites throughout Kansas.
Baker University is committed to assuring student learning and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.