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The Telegram
  • HCCC president to retire in January

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  • HERKIMER — Herkimer County Community College President Ann Marie Murray announced her retirement Thursday in a news release from the college.
    “It has been a privilege to lead this institution over the last five and a half years,” she said in a statement.
    Murray said she will miss “the students and my most capable staff and faculty.”
    “Together we have made great strides to strengthen academic standards, enhance the campus culture and support our students and community,” she said in her statement.
    Murray’s retirement will be effective Jan. 31, 2014. She also thanked the board and those who “support the mission of the Herkimer County Community College.”
    A telephone call to Murray’s office for further comment was not returned Thursday.
    Rebecca Ruffing, HCCC director of public relations, said during a telephone interview there will be a search for a new president, but “there’s nothing in progress yet.”
    “There will be an interim or officer-in-charge once Dr. Murray leaves,” Ruffing said Thursday. “No decision has been made in regard to this.”
    Ruffing said the HCCC Board of Trustees will make a decision. According to the news release, “Murray will continue to lead the institution and assist with the leadership transition, as approved by the HCCC Board of Trustees [Wednesday].”
    “Dr. Murray has been a tireless advocate for higher education, regional economic development and our community,” Isabella Crandall, vice chair of the HCCC board of trustees, said in a news release. “On behalf of the trustees, I thank her for her leadership, vision and commitment to HCCC.”
    Murray started her tenure as president on Aug. 11, 2008. She is the third president of the college. Her predecessors were Ronald F. Williams, who retired in 2008 after 22 years of service, and founding president Robert McLaughlin, who served from 1966 to 1986.
    Murray, originally from Poughkeepsie, was previously vice president for academic affairs at Broome Community College. She also served in several academic dean positions at Hudson Valley Community College, and taught mathematics there for 19 years.
    Murray received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary College, and her master’s degrees and doctorate degree from the University of Albany, where she also received her certificate of advanced study.
    According to the news release, the college has “under her leadership … developed and implemented a five-year rolling strategic plan, institutional assessment plan and learning outcomes assessment plan; completed a successful Middle States reaccreditation process; implemented several new academic initiatives and policies; established an Academic Senate, Center for Global Learning and Teaching and Learning Collaborative; increased community education offerings and community outreach. “
    She also “implemented an updated crisis response plan; completed the Edward Manning and Shirley Augar Gaynor Science Center, renovated cafeteria, consolidation of student services and creation of the Herkimer Community Museum and led the institution through a brand development initiative.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Murray has also served on the boards of the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Mohawk Valley EDGE, Genesis Group and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Utica-Watertown Regional Advisory Board and on advisory boards for the Herkimer Community Museum and Herkimer Now.
    “Dr. Murray’s leadership has been an incredible asset to SUNY and to a generation of students, faculty and staff at the college,” SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said in a news release. “Dr. Murray has positioned HCCC as a tremendous source of workforce development for the region and the entire state, and through her local partnerships and volunteerism, she has added vibrancy to the campus and the surrounding community.”
    Zimpher added, “On behalf of the entire SUNY family, I thank Dr. Murray for her outstanding leadership and service, and wish her all the best in retirement.”

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