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Jerry McMurtry Appointed Dean of College of Graduate Studies

April 24, 2017

The University of Idaho is pleased to announce that Jerry McMurtry has been named as the next dean of the College of Graduate Studies, effective April 23, 2017. 

McMurtry has served as interim dean since November 2015.

I am very pleased that Jerry will assume the reins of the College of Graduate Studies during this pivotal time,” said John Wiencek, provost and executive vice president. “The University of Idaho is seeking to bolster its excellence and its size with enrollment growth as well as research impact. These goals are clearly stated in our strategic plan. Our graduate programs will see a significant growth and improvement in the coming years under Jerry’s able leadership. I look forward to working with Jerry to take the University of Idaho to its next level of excellence.”

McMurtry has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After working in the industry for five years, earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Colorado State University. He spent two years at MSU-Bozeman as a research and evaluation education specialist prior. He joined the UI faculty in 1995 as an associate professor in the College of Education. In 2004, McMurtry was selected as associate dean in the College of Education and served in that position until 2009, when he was appointed interim dean. In 2010, McMurtry transitioned to the College of Graduate studies as associate dean.
“I am excited to continue working with all the colleges on campus and our centers across the state. My goal is to work with faculty to strengthen our graduate programs and create research and educational opportunities for our graduate students,” McMurtry said. “As we are the state’s land-grant research university, I am looking forward to enhancing the visibility of our graduate programs across the state, nation and world.”

McMurtry has been responsible for bringing over $3 million to UI through service and competitive research projects. He is currently the Idaho lead on a multi-institutional National Science Foundation project focused on creating opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students who are seeking STEM graduate degrees.  
Media Contact:
Jodi Walker
Director, University Communications

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