Congratulatory Messages to the President
During the Installation Ceremony for Dr. Murray, greetings and words of welcome were delivered by visiting dignitaries, students, faculty and staff.
Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie -
“On behalf of our community we want to challenge to you to continue to be build the institution we love and that we care so much about.”
Tracy Allard, Grande Prairie Member of the Legislative Assembly -
“I want to bless you, Dr. Murray, with vision as you go forward and further the work of this great institution in our community and across the north for northern Alberta residents.”
Dr. Neil Fassina, Chair of the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta and President of Athabasca University -
“Bob has a distinct and impressive repertoire of knowledge, skills and talents that he brings to the role as president. His academic credentials are impeccable and are enhanced by his remarkable political acumen and proven leadership.”
“As we’re all forging our path during these incredibly complex and challenging times, I hope that you will share in my confidence that Dr. Murray is the ideal person to have at the helm of this institution. Grande Prairie Regional College is an absolute jewel of the north and an integral part of Alberta’s higher education system.”
Ann Everatt, President of Northern Lakes College -
“We know that there are even greater opportunities to benefit from GPRC’s transition to a university and we’re excited about the future opportunities for all our students,” said Everatt. “We indeed stay stronger by working together.”
Dr. Judith Garber, Associate Chair of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta -
“I want all of you to understand, including students and his colleagues and staff and the Board of Governors that Dr. Murray is first and foremost a scholar. He’s a scholar and being at a university is not just about management for him, it’s not just about problem solving, it’s also about thriving and allowing to thrive in an institution where ideas and education matter.”
Dr. Mark Spencer of Brock University -
“What I can say with confidence is this, the same passion and professionalism which were part of that undergraduate student all those years ago, I know Dr. Murray will bring to his position as College president now.”
Vanessa Sheane, President of GPRC’s Academic Staff Association -
"The faculty association looks forward to working with you, to continue our collaborative relationship and advance the academic visions of GPRC."
Kim Richardson, President of GPRC’s Employees’ Association -
"The Employees’ Association has a long and positive history of working together with administration to ensure the success of staff and students at GPRC, and we are excited to continue this relationship with you."
Shannon Ball, Chair of local 71, chapter 7 of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees -
“This is a significant moment in GPRC’s history and an exciting time for GPRC’s future. Dr. Murray, the staff and faculty look forward to working with you.”
Jasbelle Leal, Vice-President Internal of the Students’ Association of GPRC -
“We’re excited for the future of GPRC under Dr. Murray’s leadership as we all continue to work together to make GPRC the best choice for students to pursue their future goals.”
Ms. Angela Logan, Vice President Finance and Administration -
"You have demonstrated that you are committed to making this institution stronger through modernization. You have the courage, energy and drive to challenge the status quo, to question, to critique and to chart a new course for our institution."
Dr. Brian Redmond, Interim Vice President Academic and Research -
“You have encouraged a team mentality and demonstrated that we are stronger together and given us the courage to take chances with the knowledge you’ll have our backs if we fall. In short, you have helped us to grow as leaders.” said Dr. Redmond