Dr. Dennis J. Murray was appointed President of Marist College in 1979 and is one of the longest-serving and most accomplished presidents in the United States.  During Dr. Murray’s tenure, the College has quadrupled enrollments while becoming highly selective in admissions and establishing many new academic programs, including a branch campus in Florence, Italy.  The campus has gone from 93 to 224 acres, and virtually all of Marist’s 77 buildings have been constructed or renovated.  More than $400 million has been invested in the campus, including new academic buildings, new student residences, a new Student Center and dining hall, a sports stadium, and a state-of-the-art digital library.  The College is currently constructing a new building to house its science programs, as well as a new student housing complex.

Dr. Murray is an active member of the civic community.  In 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him as Co-Chair of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and as a member of the statewide Chairman’s Council to help New York State become more competitive.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Institute and is chair of its Presidential Library Committee; as such, he is a Trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.  Dr. Murray is also a board member of the Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley, which oversees the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  Dr. Murray’s significant contributions to the fields of education and community service have been recognized with numerous awards, and Hudson Valley magazine described him as one of the 35 most influential people in the history of the region.