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New Online Program Coordinator to help expand the reach of the Voinovich School

Daniel Kington
September 23, 2016

The Voinovich School recently welcomed Alexander Murray as online program administrator.

Murray received his Ph.D. in instructional technology from Ohio University in 2016 and a master of science in 2008. As a graduate teaching assistant at Ohio University, Murray taught technology applications and instructional design courses, as well as reviewed online content on behalf of the University. Murray earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 2004.

“While studying at OU, I witnessed first-hand the strength of the academics, as well as the University’s commitment to students, faculty and staff, community and the region as a whole,” Murray said. “After graduation I was approached by many organizations that could have taken me across the country, but I knew coming back to Ohio University would give me a chance to influence future generations in Ohio, while creating learning opportunities that could impact the world.”

During his graduate studies, Murray simultaneously worked in Columbus. His previous positions include program chair of the School of Drafting and Design at ITT Technical Institute; instructional designer at Franklin University, where he developed online course content; and, most recently, as instructional designer and developer with Huntington National Bank, where he devised online training and instructional programs for Huntington employees.

“My past work experiences are fairly broad and have landed me in both corporate and higher education roles,” Murray said. “This, in conjunction with my education, has always pushed me to think critically, be creative in my approach, and to confront challenges head on.”

As online program administrator, Murray will build upon the success of the Voinovich School’s existing programming —  the blended Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) and traditional on-campus MPA program — by developing an exclusively online MPA program. Murray will provide general oversight and management of this program, a large task for which Murray has been well prepared by his academic and work experience. Specifically, Murray’s duties include content development and design, instructor management, outreach and marketing, student retention, and program assessment.

“The developing online program definitely gives the Voinovich School the opportunity to project one of their world class graduate programs out to a broader audience,” Murray said. “It shows that not only do we have a strong campus MPA program, but we can also use the capabilities of our technology, faculty and university to deliver a rigorous, accessible, anytime-anywhere graduate degree.”