NIC hires new vice president for student services

North Idaho College has selected Eric Murray, the current dean of student affairs at the University of Montana-Western, as its new vice president for student services.
“Eric has an impressive breadth of experience in student services, both at the University of Montana-Western and at UCLA,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “He will be a strong advocate for students and he will enrich the leadership team here. I look forward to working with him.”
|photo1|Since 1999, Murray has served as the dean of student affairs at the University of Montana-Western in Dillon, Mont., overseeing the student affairs division, which includes more than 12 departments such as admissions, facilities, career services, service learning, residence life, counseling and student activities.
From 2003-2004, Murray served as the executive assistant to the chancellor, a one-year appointment created to assist with departmental functions and academic issues delegated by the chancellor during a temporary absence of the dean of the school of education, business and technology.
For the past nine years, Murray has taught one class per semester in psychology at the University of Montana-Western. He served as the associate dean of students for two years prior to being promoted to his current position.
“Living in Montana during the last nine years has provided me a great opportunity to watch NIC’s growth and development,” Murray said. “I am excited to be a part of such a dynamic institution and was impressed by the dedication among the staff. There is no better feeling than knowing that my enthusiasm for student learning is matched by the faculty and staff at NIC.”
Murray has also served in a variety of roles at the University of California-Los Angeles, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Germanic languages in addition to a master’s degree and doctorate in psychology. From 1995-1997, he served as the director of a 900-student residence hall and taught several classes at UCLA.
Murray has served on numerous committees at the University of Montana-Western, including enrollment management, strategic planning and safety and security. He also volunteers in his community as a local emergency planning committee member and as a crisis management trainer for the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Department and the Dillon Police Department.
Murray is scheduled to begin at NIC July 24.

For More Information
Linda Michal-Hawks, director of student health services and chair of the vice president for student services selection committee, (208) 769-3374

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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