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SUNY-ESF Celebrates Inauguration of Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. as President


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. will be installed Nov. 3 as the third president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

The installation ceremony, the first event in a daylong inaugural celebration, will be at 10 a.m. in Hendricks Memorial Chapel on the campus of Syracuse University. Presiding at the ceremony will be Curtis H. Bauer '50, chair of the ESF Board of Trustees.

Participating in the installation ceremony will be scores of current and emeritus ESF faculty and staff members, alumni, students, public officials and friends of the college. Acting as grand marshal for the event will be ESF Provost William P. Tully. Student marshals are Shannon T. Kress and Wellington Guzman.

Murphy, who took office May 15, accepted leadership of the college from Ross S. Whaley, who had been president for 16 years. Whaley is now a SUNY university professor based at ESF.

Murphy came to ESF from O'Brien & Gere Limited, an international environmental engineering firm based in Syracuse.

Murphy began his career as a chemist with O'Brien & Gere after earning his doctorate at Syracuse University. He was the first person with a doctoral degree to be hired by O'Brien & Gere. After 30 years with the company, Murphy was chairman of the board and held several other leadership positions.

He was chosen as ESF's next president after a yearlong national search. The college board of trustees and the committee that conducted the search cited his exceptional leadership and communication skills. He also has a rich background in technical areas that reflect ESF's focus in several research and academic efforts, including environmental science and engineering management, hazardous waste management and environmental assessment.

Immediately after the installation, an inaugural reception will be held on the ESF campus.