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Baker University selects Lynne Murray as its new president

Updated: 2013-12-06T03:59:44Z


The Kansas City Star

An administrator at Gallaudet University with experience in raising funds will become the new president of Baker University, officials of the Kansas school announced Thursday.

Lynne Murray will take her new position July 1 after the retirement of current Baker president Patricia N. Long.

Murray currently is vice president for development, alumni and international relations at Gallaudet, a university for the deaf in Washington, D.C.

“She brings significant experience in such key areas as fundraising, revenue generation, strategic planning, fiscal management, alumni and community engagement, partnership building and reputation enhancement,” Baker chairman Rich Howell said in a statement.

Murray said she was drawn to Baker because of its regional distinction in academics, nursing, education and athletics.

“I believe the trajectory that Baker is on, built by the community and President Long, is one I can advance,” Murray said in a statement.

Murray is credited with helping raise $79 million at Gallaudet and $317 million previously at Georgetown University.

Murray has a doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet, a master’s degree in marketing from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Baker University in Baldwin City was founded in 1858 and was the first university in Kansas. It now serves more than 3,300 students with campuses in Overland Park, Topeka, Wichita, Kansas City and Lee’s Summit.

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