Will Serve Vital Role for College President Dr. William Richards and SUNY Orange Leadership Team

PHOTO: Carol MurrayMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange president Dr. William Richards has announced the selection of Carol Murray as his new executive assistant, filling a key role in the College’s leadership structure.

Murray, who arrived at the College in May 2004 and has assumed increased administrative responsibilities and managerial duties throughout her six-and-one-half years on campus, will coordinate Richards’ daily schedule, manage relationships with many of the president’s constituent groups on and off campus, assist the president’s Cabinet, and maintain organizational oversight of the many ongoing projects at the College.

For the past four-plus years, Murray served as assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs, working with Catherine Chew originally and then most recently Richard Heppner. In that capacity, she was involved in issues relating to the curriculum, faculty promotion and retention, and student grievances. Murray supervised an account clerk, managed the Academic Affairs office and guided annual meetings of the academic department secretaries.

“Carol did a remarkable job coordinating the Academic Affairs office for both Catherine and Richard, and I’ve watched her grow professionally in so many areas over the years,” Richards said. “She’s energetic, enthusiastic and creative. She has great organizational skills and a strong work ethic. I’m excited to have someone of Carol’s caliber to replace Maryann Raab, who was a wonderful liaison for me within the community and kept so many projects at the College on track.”

Raab, who retired at the end of January but will remain as secretary to the College’s Board of Trustees, joined the College staff in 2002 and has served alongside Richards since he arrived at SUNY Orange in 2003.

Before moving into the Academic Affairs office, Murray, a Middletown resident, spent two years as an administrative assistant for the College’s Diagnostic Imaging and Applied Technologies departments. Her previous experience includes brief tenures with the Orange County Probation Department and St. Luke’s Hospital, both of which followed an eight-year stint as secretary to the plant manager at Middletown’s Tesa Tape.

Murray began her new post on Monday, Jan. 31.


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