About President Kathleen M. Murray

A portrait of president Kathleen M. MurrayKathleen M. Murray became the 14th president of Whitman College on July 1, 2015. Previously she was provost and dean of the faculty at Macalester College, where she led the academic program of one of America's finest liberal arts colleges, planned a new $70 million fine arts center and played a key role in the development of Macalester's strategic plan. Prior to Macalester, she was provost at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama for three years.

Murray received her Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1979, then obtained her Master of Music in piano performance from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and her Doctor of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University in 1989.

Under Murray's leadership, Whitman College is preparing for a prosperous future. Since 2015, the college has completed a strategic planning initiative, identifying priorities for future fundraising and growth. The college finished the first phase of its Living at Whitman initiative, opening the new Stanton Hall sophomore residence hall and Cleveland Commons dining hall in fall 2018.

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