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May 20: Carnegie Mellon University Names Robert Murphy Director of Career and Professional Development Center


Abby Houck                       

Carnegie Mellon University Names Robert Murphy
Director of Career and Professional Development Center

murphyPITTSBURGH—Following a national search, Carnegie Mellon University has named Robert Murphy director of its Career and Professional Development Center, effective July 1.

Murphy succeeds interim director Lisa Dickter, who will return to her roles as assistant director of the Career Center and College of Engineering career consultant.

"I am confident that Bob brings the combination of experience, education and talent to successfully build upon our career services model in exploring and creating new opportunities for the Carnegie Mellon student community," said G. Richard Tucker, interim dean of Student Affairs and the Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics.

The Career Center, part of the Division of Student Affairs, provides students and alumni with a comprehensive range of services, programs and materials focusing on career exploration and decision-making, skill development, experiential learning and career resolution.

"I am extremely flattered and fortunate to be able to join such a prestigious and exceptional institution," Murphy said. "I look forward with great enthusiasm to joining my new colleagues at the Career Center."

Murphy brings a wealth of experience in private industry and higher education to Carnegie Mellon. He currently serves as the director of Career Development, Public Service and Leadership Development at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. In this role, he has successfully expanded student internship and employment opportunities, developed a comprehensive service learning model and created the Centennial Leadership Center, which enhances students' leadership knowledge and skills.

Prior to joining Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Murphy spent 25 years in management and senior executive positions with PepsiCo International, Pepsi North America, Pepsi Bottling and the Scott Paper Co. He also served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps.

Murphy holds a bachelor's degree from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., and a master's degree in education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.


Pictured above is Robert Murphy, the new director of Carnegie Mellon's Career and Professional Development Center.