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Dennis J. Murray is the temporary President of Marist College. He started this job June 19, 2019. July 1, 2016, Murray was President Emeritus.

Murray had been Marist's president during the academic years 1979 through 2016. This was a long time to be president. Marist's enrollment more than doubled. Sixteen new academic programs started. Several new academic centers and student residences opened. The university's area expanded to 180 acres (0.73 km2).

Murray earned a bachelor's degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach. He got a master's degree and Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Before working at Marist, Dr. Murray taught at the USC School of International and Public Affairs. He was Director of University Relations and Executive Assistant to the President at California State University, Long Beach. He was Vice President for Development at Whittier College.

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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