Former executive to coordinate and lead premiere career services center
(May 11, 2004) Geneva, N.Y. — Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has announced the appointment of Robert H. Murphy as director of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Salisbury Center for Career Services. In his new post Murphy will oversee the transformation and consolidation of the Colleges career services area as it moves to improve and enhance services for both students and alumni and alumnae. He began his new duties on May 6.
Murphy brings a wealth of administrative experience to the job, having worked for 20 years, in various capacities, for and with the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company. He managed Pepsi-Cola Allied Bottlers in Latham, N.Y, for nearly a decade, then owned and operated his own plant for another decade before spending four years working for Pepsi-Cola International as COO in Istanbul, Turkey.
Murphy comes to the Colleges from Springfield College, where he served as a full-time graduate school intern in the career center while earning his C.A.G. degree in student personnel administration. Prior to that he served as a full-time graduate intern in the same area at Amherst College and completed his last four months at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.
As director of the College's Career Center, and as part of the Colleges' increased commitment to expand services to students and alumni and alumnae as they prepare for and build their professional lives, Murphy will oversee many areas within career services, including services for students throughout their four years at the Colleges (work study, summer placements, internships and more); employment, graduate school and internship assistance for alums; and liaisons and relationships with businesses and agencies who offer internships and jobs to college students and graduates. His responsibilities will bring him in touch with both faculty and administrative personnel at the Colleges and with business leaders with whom the Colleges partner.
“Bob's business and management skills were almost as important to us as we sought to fill this position as his career service experience was,” said Gearan. “Bob clearly has the skills necessary to build on our already dynamic programming within career services.”
The Colleges career services office was recently moved to the newly renovated space in Trinity Hall, now named the Salisbury Center for Career Services in honor of the lead donor on the project and chair of the Board of Trustees, Charles H. Salisbury Jr. '63.
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