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April 4, 2005

Dr. Kathleen Murray named new Birmingham-Southern College provost

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The dean of the faculty and professor of music at Lawrence University will become the new provost of Birmingham-Southern College.

BSC President Dr. David Pollick announced the appointment of Dr. Kathleen M. Murray today following a national search.


She will assume her new position June 15, 2005.

The BSC provost reports directly to the college president and is the chief academic officer with broad responsibilities for the full range of the college's academic programs and support services.

“After a thorough national search, we felt that Dr. Murray best addresses all the values that our community set forth for a chief academic officer,” Pollick said. “She's excited by our faculty, staff, and students, and enthusiastic about the directions we have begun to set as a college.”

Murray has been dean of the faculty at Lawrence University since 2003. She previously was dean of the institution's Conservatory from 1999-2004. She has been a member of the Lawrence music faculty since 1986, serving as chair of the piano department from 1992-99. Lawrence is a nationally recognized residential liberal arts college in Appleton, Wis.

An accomplished musician, Murray has performed solo piano recitals throughout the Midwest, performed frequently on Wisconsin Public Radio, recorded on the CRI label, and served as an accompanist for other performers and groups. She also has published numerous articles on piano performance and teaching.

Dr. Kathleen M. Murray

She received her bachelor's degree in music from Illinois Wesleyan University, her master's in music from Bowling Green State University, and her doctorate in music from Northwestern University.

Longtime Birmingham-Southern Provost Dr. Irvin Penfield retired in May 2004 after 18 years in the position. Dr. Wayne Shew, Ada Rittenhouse Snavely Professor of Biology, is serving as interim provost during the 2004-05 academic year.

 

 

 

 
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