POUGHKEEPSIE – After 36 years as president of Marist College in
Poughkeepsie, its president Dr. Dennis Murray announced Saturday that
he will step down when his current contract expires on June 30, 2016.
At the request of the college Board of Trustees, Murray will stay on as
president emeritus and as professor of Public Policy.
“The College today is a strong institution with exciting plans for
the future, and for that reason, it seems like a logical time for new
leadership,” Murray said.
Murray said the next 18 months will be a time of continued growth at Marist
with construction of a new science and allied health building and development
of the new Physician Assistant program, as well as a major new student
“In his nearly four decades as president, Dennis Murray has led
a transformation of Marist College that is unprecedented in American higher
education,” said Board Chairwoman Ellen Hancock. “We are pleased
that we will continue to have the benefit of Dennis’ talents, wisdom,
and important relationships to help advance the interests of the college,
even after he steps down as president. In the meantime, I know his focus
as always will be on preparing Marist for a future of continued success,
and I look forward to working with him toward that shared goal.”
In the coming weeks, the Board of Trustees will announce the details of
the timing and organization of a search for Murray’s successor,
who will be the fourth president in Marist’s nearly 90-year history
as a college.