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FAU Appoints Kristen Murtaugh VP for Strategic Planning

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 31, 2008) - Florida Atlantic University has appointed Dr. Kristen Murtaugh, who has served FAU with distinction as vice president of the Jupiter campus since 2002,  the university’s first vice president for strategic planning.   As the vice president for strategic planning, Murtaugh will have responsibility for the oversight and continued development of the university’s strategic plan.

            “The appointment of Dr. Murtaugh to this position indicates how important continued stewardship of the strategic plan is,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan.   “Without a doubt, she is the right person, and this is the right time for this position.”

            Murtaugh played a leadership role in the development of FAU’s strategic plan by chairing the strategic planning council.   The comprehensive, goal-oriented plan, which extends through 2013, was approved by FAU’s Board of Trustees in 2006.   It has already proved its value to the university in a number of important ways, including providing a framework that protected core academic functions as the budget-cutting process took place over the past year.

            “While I loved being part of the Jupiter campus family and will certainly miss all of the wonderful people who make that campus so special, I am honored to have been selected to be vice president for strategic planning,” said Murtaugh.   “The strategic plan is a living document that must change with the times if it is to continue being useful to the university.   I will be relying on many talented people to help keep the plan on track.”

Murtaugh, who has served FAU since 1992 in a variety of leadership positions, will assume her new duties early in January 2009.   Treasure Coast Vice President Gerri McPherson will see her duties expanded to include oversight of the Jupiter campus.   From now until the start of the spring semester, Murtaugh and McPherson will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

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