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Franciscan Center Appoints New Director
Friday, September 02, 2011
Siena College has appointed Fr. Russel Murray, O.F.M., Ph.D., as the new director of the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy. Murray will oversee all of the Center’s programs, and will work to increase its visibility and engage the students and Siena community in support of the College’s Franciscan tradition.
The Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy is the campus hub for volunteering and service projects. It partners with over 120 local service agencies, area schools and other non-profit organizations in the Capital Region.
“I was drawn to Siena College to work with young people and to make an impact in people’s lives,” Murray said. “This is a vibrant, dynamic community and the Siena friary has a tremendous reputation within the Province.”
Murray spent the past four years as an assistant professor at Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and served in a number of Provincial Ministries including the Holy Name Province in New York and St. Thomas Moore Fraternity in Arlington, Virginia.
“It’s been a great reception so far,” Murray said. “I look forward to collaborating with students, faculty and staff who are already doing great things on campus.”
In addition to his primary duties at the Franciscan Center, Murray will serve as Friar-in-Residence in Ryan Hall. He also plans to teach classes next spring.
Murray earned his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and his doctorate from St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada.
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