About Marist College

The President's Office

Photo of Interim President Dennis J. Murray

Dr. Dennis J. Murray has served as President of Marist College for 38 years.  He was first appointed in 1979 at the young age of 32, and in 2019, the Board of Trustees asked him to come back and serve for another term.  Immediately prior to this second term, he was President Emeritus and Professor of Public Policy and taught courses on the subject of leadership.

During Dr. Murray’s tenure, the College quadrupled enrollments while becoming highly selective in admissions and establishing many new academic programs, including a campus in Florence, Italy. The Marist campus went from 93 to 250 acres, and virtually all of the College’s 77 buildings were constructed or renovated. More than $500 million was invested in the campus, including new academic buildings, new student residences, a new Student Center and dining hall, a sports stadium, and a state-of-the-art digital library. Today, Marist is recognized as a national leader in higher education. The Princeton Review includes Marist in its book, Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom; among schools of comparable size, Marist is listed alongside Princeton, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, and Duke.