ALMA — Robert W. Murray, an Alma College graduate and longtime fundraising professional has been named vice president for advancement at Alma College. He begins his duties at Alma Oct. 31.
“We are elated to welcome Bob Murray back to Alma College,” President Jeff Abernathy said. “Bob’s long tenure of outstanding leadership in our Advancement Office left a positive impression on all who knew him. His extensive track record in the operational, tactical and strategic aspects of institutional management speaks for itself. He will be a pivotal leader for our advancement team and the important fundraising campaigns we’re starting over the next few years.”
The appointment marks a homecoming for Murray, who previously served Alma College’s Advancement Office for more than 22 years; first as director of planned giving and later as senior director of planned giving. Among his accomplishments were serving as executive director of the “Our Time is Now” campaign, which ended in 2021 after raising more than $125 million for Alma College.
“Advancement work is a great adventure, and I’m pleased that this adventure has taken me back to Alma College, which is home in so many ways,” Murray said. ” there has never been a better opportunity to make an impact at Alma College, which is very exciting for me. I think there’s a lot we can do to benefit this wonderful institution in the short and long term and we have a great team of professionals to do just that.”
After his extensive tenure at Alma College, Murray transitioned to Ferris State University. There, he served as the associate vice president for advancement and executive director of The Ferris Foundation, leading a groundbreaking $123-million campaign.
Most recently, he served as executive director at Casual Simulation in Grand Rapids, where he focused on building a technology talent pipeline for West Michigan through youth empowerment programs and community partnerships. His collaborative efforts with local institutions such as museums and libraries have fostered community growth and lifelong learning. Additionally, he has implemented programs aimed at enhancing technological literacy across the community.
Murray is a member of the Alma College Class of 1988, graduating with a degree in biology. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from North Park University, in Chicago, as well as a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University. While at CMU, Murray was a laboratory instructor in microbiology and zoology while managing a molecular/microbiology laboratory.
Murray is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a credential that underscores his commitment to ethical fundraising practices.