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Laurier's vice-president of student affairs to retire this year

David McMurray has been with the university since 1997
David McMurray
David McMurray. Photo supplied by Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University will soon be looking for a new vice-president of student affairs.

On Wednesday, David McMurray announced he plans to retire in June.

McMurray has been in the role since 2010, for 13 years prior to that he was Laurier's vice-president: student services/dean of students.

"What really stands out for me are all of the students and people that I have been so fortunate to meet, to help and support, to work together, and to strive with passion and purpose to make Laurier such a very special university," McMurray said in a release. "I will always be so deeply grateful to Wilfrid Laurier University for granting me the opportunity to flourish in my dream professional roles ... how lucky I have been!"

The university says McMurray has played a key role in introducing multi-campus strategic initiatives that enhance student learning and in developing strategies to integrate Laurier's academic/curricular agenda with the co-curricular elements of student learning, development and engagement.

"It has been a highlight of my career personally and professionally to have worked so closely with David McMurray; I have learned so much from him," added Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier's president and vice-chancellor. "His reputation as one of North America's most outstanding leaders in student affairs is well deserved. Laurier’s exceptional student experience is due in no small part to David's vision for and commitment to our university and our students."

He received Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for excellence in higher education, administration and student services, as well as the Award of Honour from the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services for his continuous and outstanding commitment to students. 

A search for McMurray's successor will begin sometime during the winter term.

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