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October 25, 2011

Lamar Murphy named general secretary

Lamar Murphy


Fast-paced. Intense. Challenging. Exciting. Team effort. That’s how Lamar Murphy describes her days as President Joel Seligman’s chief of staff.

“I love what I do. It’s a privilege to work with such talented colleagues in support of a University mission that we all embrace,” she says.

This summer, Murphy added another responsibility to her list of duties: general secretary of the University. She succeeds Paul Burgett, vice president and senior advisor to the president, who stepped down from the role of general secretary after 10 years to allow more time for emerging new interests and travel.

As general secretary, Murphy has key responsibilities for relations with the University’s Board of Trustees and for maintaining official board records. 

Murphy joined the Office of the President in 2006. Before that, she held leadership positions at Ohio State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She also worked as a management consultant, both for a Chicago firm and independently. Murphy completed her PhD in U.S. history at the University of Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane.

Murphy says she’s enthusiastic about her new role.

“I am honored by the confidence that the president and board have in me, and I look forward to serving the University in expanded ways.  It’s a very exciting time to be here,” she says. “This really is a university on the move, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

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