Dr. Steven Murray is the Chancellor Emeritus of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA). Dr. Murray began working at PCCUA in 1980 and served as English instructor, director of academic advisement, division dean, vice chancellor for instruction, executive vice chancellor, and chancellor. His experience also includes faculty positions at Western Illinois University and Old Dominion University.
Dr. Murray holds a BA and MA in English and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration. He served on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development, and its Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. A consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission for 20 years, Dr. Murray served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges and as a member of the Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium (ADTEC) external advisory committee, the Steering Committee of the Delta
During his tenure as chancellor of the College, PCCUA was selected as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, received special mention in the 2012 Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award for its commitment to student success, and was one of five finalists nationwide in 2013 for the American Association of Community College’s Award of Excellence in the category of student success. In 2014, Dr. Murray was selected by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation as one of the 40 top leaders of non-profit organizations in Arkansas and received the 2014 Bill Thomas Vision Award from the East Arkansas Crossroads Coalition, an eight-county economic development alliance.
After 42 years in higher education, Dr. Murray retired in 2015. He continues to remain engaged in student success work as a national speaker on student success and as an Achieving the Dream Leadership Coach working with colleges in Tennessee and Georgia.