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Murray Foundations Establish New Mcintire Professorship

March 9, 2001-- The Tampa, Fla.-based Murray Foundations recently gave the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce an initial $700,000 gift toward a million-dollar commitment to establish the Murray Research Professorship Fund. The Murray Research Professorship will enable the McIntire School to recruit and retain a senior scholar in finance or management information systems.

"McIntire’s commitment to innovation and leadership in business education requires constant renewal of our intellectual capital," said McIntire Dean Carl Zeithaml. "The Murray Research Professorship will contribute substantially to the effective creation and dissemination of new knowledge that strengthens the curriculum and the entire student experience. We are extremely grateful for this generous gift."

The Murray family of Tampa supports the Murray Foundations, established to assist a broad array of charitable causes. Contributors to the Murray Foundations include Jack K. Murray Jr., a principal in the Murray Corp., a family venture capital and holding company based in Tampa; his son, Jack K. Murray III , a 1985 McIntire alumnus and executive vice president and chief financial officer of AdvantTech Solutions, a Tampa-based fim that designs human-resource software systems; and another son, Michael S. Murray, a 1988 McIntire graduate and president of Murray Corp.

Since 1981, family members have given more than $1 million to the University of Virginia.

In addition to his support of McIntire, Jack Murray Jr., an alumnus of West Virginia University, has long supported the Virginia Student Aid Foundation. Both sons continue the family tradition of generous financial support of U.Va. and are actively involved in building McIntire’s alumni and business partner network in Florida, sponsoring alumni events and advising the dean on curriculum and project issues.

"This gift will strengthen McIntire’s growing national reputation in the areas of management information systems and finance," said William Shenkir, McIntire’s William S. Farish Professor of Free Enterprise. "It is crucial that faculty be provided the necessary resources to pursue their research. The Murray Research Professorship Fund helps us meet this important need."

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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