Murray Named to Lead UT Baker Center

“Matt Murray is taking the reins at the Baker Center at a time when we’re trying to align it more closely with the university mission to teach, conduct research, and provide service to our community and the world,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek.

UTKProfessor Matt Murray, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been appointed director of the Howard H. Baker Center Jr. Center for Public Policy. He will begin immediately.

Murray, the Ball Corporation Professor of Business, will take the place of Carl Pierce, who has directed the center since June 2009. Pierce, who is the W. Allen Separk Distinguished Professor of Law, will now focus on compiling Senator Baker’s papers and will eventually divide his time between the Baker Center and teaching in UT’s College of Law.

Senator Baker said he is enthusiastic about what’s been happening at the center and what its future holds.

“I think Carl did a tremendous job helping us rethink the role of the Baker Center and begin its transition. I now look forward to working with him on a variety of projects with the hope that these efforts may benefit future generations of public servants,” he said. “Meanwhile, I welcome Matt as the new director of the Baker Center. I’m confident his leadership will help it evolve as a thought-leader, both on campus and also with state and national leaders.”

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Source: Amy Blakely | UT Tennessee Today
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