FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 14, 2000
Contact: Ward Mullens
STATE TREASURER MURRAY TO BE EMU COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
YPSILANTI &endash; Mark A. Murray, treasurer of the State of Michigan, will be the commencement speaker for Eastern Michigan University's Dec. 17 ceremonies.
Murray will receive an honorary doctorate of public service.
Murray, who was appointed state treasurer and special policy adviser to Gov. John Engler in January 1999, oversees the administration of the state's tax system, state government banking functions, regulation and oversight of local government financial operations and management of the investment of the 13th largest public pension system in the nation.
He began his work in state government in 1978. Murray spent five years at the Michigan Department of Commerce, including serving as director of the Business Research Office, and was with the Department of Social Services for seven years.
In 1990, he was named director of health policy and budget analysis in the Department of Management and Budget (DMB). He was named deputy director for budget and financial management at DMB in 1991 and became director in 1994. This agency is responsible for managing the governor's annual budget for the state and for central operations of state government such as purchasing, facilities, retirement and accounting.
Murray earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1976 and his master's degree in labor and industrial relations in 1979, both from Michigan State University.