420 Oak St, Prakken 101
Big Rapids, MI, 49307
Associate Vice President for Advancement and
Executive Director of The Ferris Foundation
Robert Murray, Associate Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of The Ferris Foundation, has served for over two decades as a team leader and major gift fundraiser in higher education. Prior to his January, 2017 appointment at Ferris, he held progressively responsible positions at Alma College for 18 years, most recently as Senior Director of Planned Giving/Campaign Executive Director. Murray has contributed to or led three major fundraising efforts at Alma, including a $100 million campaign. He also taught biology and conducted research in the field at Central Michigan University.
Murray is a Certified Fundraising Executive with an MBA and the skill set, knowledge and proficiency required to meet the challenges and opportunities of the AVP position. His experience will help in building trust and confidence within the Ferris community and strengthen the culture of philanthropy across the University.
The Advancement office is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive resource development program for Ferris State University and its affiliated colleges and departments.