Lee's Murray To Deliver Commencement Address

Friday, July 19, 2013

Dr. Debbie Murray, vice president for academic affairs at Lee University, will deliver the commencement address at the school’s summer commencement ceremony, on Saturday, July 27 in the Conn Center. 

Joining the Lee faculty in 1980, Murray served in the Helen DeVos College of Education for 33 years, until her recent appointment as VP.

In addition to being a distinguished professor of education, she has served as dean of the HDCOE, department chair, director of Teacher Education Programs and director of Graduate Programs in Education.

In 1997 Murray was named Lee’s Alumnus of the Year by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and in 2005, she received Lee’s Excellence in Advising Award. 

Dr. Murray was born in Laurel, Miss., and has been a Cleveland resident for most of her life. After graduating from Cleveland High School, Murray attended Lee where she earned her BS in Mathematics. She later earned her MS in Special Education and her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

She is married to Danny Murray, the director of Voices of Lee. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Graduation exercises will begin on Friday, July 26, with a hooding ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Lee Chapel, followed by the commissioning service at 6:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. Commencement will take place Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. 

For more information on Lee’s graduation exercises, please contact the Office of Academic Events at 614-8117.

CGLA Inaugural PBL STEM Celebration Attracts More Than 200 Guests

More than 200 people filled the classrooms and hallways at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Thursday evening to attend the school’s first-ever Learning Community PBL STEM Celebration.  All of CGLA’s 325 students have been working in teams since the start of this school year on their PBL — problem based learning — projects in order to show them off to parents, school supporters ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Education Secretary Arne Duncan Has A Big Heart

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander Friday made the following statement on the announcement that Education Secretary Arne Duncan will step down in December:  “Arne Duncan was one of the President’s best appointments. He has a big heart, cares about children, and I have enjoyed working with him. When we disagree, it is usually because he believes the path ... (click for more)

Toddler Killed In Car Accident On Boy Scout Road Friday Morning

A toddler was killed in an auto accident Friday morning.  Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident with injuries at the 1000 block of Boy Scout Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday. Upon arrival, deputies found a single car accident involving four passengers. Three of the four passengers were transported to a local hospital and the ... (click for more)

Triple Murder Suspect, Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Captured In New Orleans

Less than a day after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Daniel Lee Henry was captured Saturday night in New Orleans, La.  Shortly after 8:30 CST, Henry, 38, was taken into custody without incident at a hotel by authorities from the United States Marshals Service Task Force, which includes law enforcement officers from the New ... (click for more)

We Can Do Something About Mass Shootings - And Response

A friend posted his observation this morning that there was paranoia about reasonable gun laws. I know his heart is saying we have to do something about these mass shootings. Then while scanning the morning news shows I watched a pile o’ pundits from Al Sharpton to Donald Trump pontificate on doing “something” about the problem. Personally, I think there are plenty of gun control ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How We Learned To Play

A couple of years ago I was reading a fascinating story that asserted the “Little Rascals” taught generations of children how to play with each other. When the comedy show about children in a poor neighborhood originated in 1922, there were just silent movies but in 1929, when the “talkies” were introduced, children and adults alike were mesmerized by the wonderful humor that producer ... (click for more)