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SMU provost to step down next year

Murfin to return to teaching, will remain with SMU

Ross C Murfin is stepping down as provost and vice president for academic affairs to return to the Department of English classroom in June 2005, according to an announcement by President R. Gerald Turner.

In an email message to faculty and staff released Friday, President Turner called Dr. Murfin “an outstanding provost,” noting he had “not only served well but stayed longer in the position than anyone in a decade.” Dr. Murfin has filled the position since 1996.

“He leaves us in a very good position to attract a successor who will build upon his successful efforts to achieve the University’s ambitious academic goals,” the president wrote. He said the University will begin a national search for a successor “over the coming months,” with a replacement expected in place by May 1, 2005.

President Turner said he regrets but respects Dr. Murfin’s decision, which he described as fulfillment of a pre-determined plan.

“When he accepted the position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1996, he indicated that he would serve for about eight years, after which he wanted to return to teaching and research. He has informed me that he wants to remain true to that intention and accordingly will serve as provost for one more year–his ninth–ending June 2005….He has two books he wants to complete, and we will be fortunate that our students will benefit from his presence in the classroom as a member of the Department of English,” the president wrote.

Dr. Murfin succeeded William Babcock, who served in the position ad interim in 1995-96.

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