Dr. Jill Murray, Ph.D., became the ninth president of Lackawanna College on July 1, 2020. She is the first woman to hold the office of president at Lackawanna.Dr. Murray brings a breadth of experience to her presidency. She previously served as the College’s Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer. From 2008 to 2012, Murray worked as the College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing all of Lackawanna’s academic curricula. She is the catalyst behind Lackawanna College’s esports program and assisted with the formation of the Level Up program.During her time at Lackawanna, Murray has helped dramatically increase the student population, improve student retention and graduation rates, expand online learning options, and led the creation of academic programming and support services, as well as implemented a strategic planning process.Before joining Lackawanna, she served as the Director of the Institute for Health and Wellness at Marywood University from 2005 to 2008 and as a Doctoral Program faculty member at Marywood from 2006 to 2010.Murray holds a bachelor’s of arts in philosophy (University of Scranton, 1989), a master’s of arts in philosophy (SUNY at Albany, 1991) and a Ph.D. in Human Development (Marywood University, 2006). She is a lifelong resident of Scranton, Pa., and a graduate of Scranton Central High School, which now serves as Lackawanna’s main academic building, Angeli Hall.