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Murrell new WITCC President

Friday, August 12, 2011

SIOUX CITY - The Board of Directors of Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) have announced that it has selected Dr. Terry Murrell as the new president of the college.

Murrell, who succeeds Dr. Robert E. Dunker as president, assumed his duties Aug. 1 after serving as Executive Vice President of WITCC.

As President of the college, he will have responsibility for all educational programs, personnel, facilities, and equipment involved in the operations of the college, including the Cherokee and Denison WITCC campuses.

Murrell joined Western Iowa Tech in 2007 as Vice President of Instruction and Student Services and was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President in 2009. Before joining WITCC, he was Vice President of Campuses and Student Affairs with Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb. Previously he was Dean and Campus Manager at Metropolitan Community College. He also was director of The Creative Center, a two-year graphic arts college, in Omaha.

Murrell earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a master's degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Labor Management from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., and a doctorate in Leadership for Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Murrell is only the third person in the history of WITCC to hold the position of President. Dunker, who retired July 26, succeeded Dr. Robert H. Kiser, the first president of WITCC.

"I am pleased and honored to serve as President of Western Iowa Tech Community College," said Murrell. "I'm very impressed with the quality programming offered by WITCC and am dedicated to maintain and build on the fine tradition and success here.

"The opportunity to work closely with Dr. Dunker and the talented staff at WITCC the past few years has been a great learning experience and one that I will put to use to continue our tremendous growth and accomplishments here.

"The entire WITCC community in Sioux City, the Cherokee and Denison campuses, and our facilities in Mapleton and Le Mars will stay dedicated to serving our students' needs in the years to come."

Murrell and his wife Amy have been married for 19 years and have two sons, Zachary (17) and Connor (13). They live in Sioux City.

"We are delighted that Dr. Murrell is our new President," said Darla Struck, Director of the Cherokee Campus and Northern Service Area. "We are sad to see Dr. Dunker retire and will miss him and his guidance greatly. We wish him well in his well-earned retirement.

"Dr. Murrell has established himself as a high-level educational administrator, with the needs of our students foremost in his efforts. We know he will carry on the wonderful tradition of WITCC as we continue to grow and serve all of our students to the best of our abilities."

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