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NMMI academic dean to retire

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The chief academic officer at New Mexico Military Institute plans to retire this summer after 14 years with the school, but he intends to continue to work with NMMI as an educational consultant.

Brig. Gen. Douglas Murray and Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, NMMI president and superintendent, announced Tuesday afternoon that Murray will retire at the end of the academic year. The school is scheduled to hold its commencement in mid-May. Murray and Grizzle also said that Murray will continue to work with Grizzle as an academic consultant after his full-time academic post ends.

“He is a man of impeccable character and integrity and has made incredible contributions to NMMI,” Grizzle said, adding that Murray will now be able to spend “well deserved time with his family.”

Murray has two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren. He was married to the former Cathy Enright for almost 50 years before her passing in 2013.

Murray said he intends to continue to help NMMI administrators and faculty in the years ahead.

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“By retiring as dean, but remaining part of the NMMI family, I have the opportunity to support the next dean, as well as my faculty and staff colleagues, and continue to be part of this great campus doing what I love best,” he said.

According to information provided by the Institute, Murray joined the school in 2007 and has helped it to gain national and international visibility, including being ranked as a top institution by U.S. News & World Report and other educational assessment outlets. He is credited with steering the school through a new, more in-depth accreditation effort by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), NMMI’s accrediting agency, resulting in the school’s first 10-year accreditation and its subsequent continuation for another 10 years.

“Through Murray’s efforts, NMMI has developed a true six-year learning and living environment whereby a cadet may pursue graduation from high school and junior college simultaneously,” the NMMI announcement stated. “He also designed, developed, and instituted NMMI’s 10-year strategic planning effort to compliment the new HLC accrediting guidelines.”

Murray said that the 2020-30 cycle of strategic planning includes preparing for the next generation of campus leaders to carry on the Institute’s mission.

“As an academician, administrator, friend and NMMI family member, Doug Murray is second to none,” Grizzle said. “He has served NMMI and our cadets faithfully and well for 14 years. The faculty he leads enjoys stellar national and international reputations. Both the high school and junior college programs rank highly. Our school is a cultural and aesthetic force in this community, the state of New Mexico, and beyond — and that is because of the leadership Doug has provided from his first day on campus.”

Murray came to NMMI from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, where he served as chairman of the Social Sciences Division, and professor and head of the Department of Political Science.

In addition, he was a member of the Academy’s major governing board; chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee, which oversees graduate programs for cadets; and the chair of the Faculty Personnel Council that conducts the faculty academic promotion system.

Murray entered the Air Force in 1965 as a Distinguished ROTC Graduate from Georgetown University. He served as a Titan II missile combat crew member and an intelligence officer in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He later served as a senior staff member with the Secretary of the Air Force staff group in the Pentagon during the Bosnian conflict and was a member of the Air Force Education and Training Review Council and the Dean of the Faculty’s Strategic Work Group for the Air Force.

Murray graduated in 1965 from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, which included studies in government, economics and history.

In 1970, he received his Master of Arts degree in government, history and anthropology from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1979, he completed a doctorate in international relations, comparative politics and defense policy from the Graduate School of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.

Other notable achievements include membership on the Council on Foreign Relations and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honorary society in political science. He also is an academic associate to the Atlantic Council of the United States. He was twice named Outstanding Young Man of America, and he is author and editor of books, articles and studies on national security and Canadian defense policy.

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