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Dr. Dennis J. Murray
President of Marist College
In office
Preceded by David N. Yellen
Succeeded by Kevin Weinman
In office
Preceded by Linus Richard Foy
Succeeded by David N. Yellen
Personal details
Born 1940
Nationality American
Alma mater California State University, Long Beach (B.A.)
University of Southern California (M.A., Ph.D.)

Dennis J. Murray (born 1940) is an American academic administrator who was the third President of Marist College, serving from 1979 to 2016 and, again, from 2019 to 2021.

Early life

Murray was born 1940 in California. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach and his master's degree and Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California.


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Marist College Student Center

Dr. Murray taught at the USC School of International and Public Affairs, and served as Director of University Relations and Executive Assistant to the President at California State University, Long Beach, Steve Horn, and as Vice President for Development at Whittier College. "At Whittier he completed an $8 million capital campaign, including the funding of a $2.5 million student activities center."

In 1979, Murray was selected to be the third President of Marist College. In February 2015, Murray informed the board of trustees that he would be stepping down as president when his current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2016. Given his 37-year tenure as president of Marist, Murray has been the university's President Emeritus since July 1, 2016.

During Murray's lengthy tenure, Marist saw its enrollment more than double, 16 new academic programs were established, several new academic centers and student residences were added, and the property was expanded to 180 acres (0.73 km2).

Following his retirement, David N. Yellen was appointed President of the College. Yellen had spent eleven years as Dean and Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. After President Yellen resigned three years later to become CEO of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, Murray returned as interim president.

Murray's second tenure at the helm of Marist, as interim president, was from June 19, 2019 to October 2021. He was then succeeded by Kevin Weinman, CFO and CAO at Amherst College, as the 5th President of the College.

Selected honors and awards

  • Franciscan Award from the Sisters of St. Francis
  • Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, 1996
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