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Murdock joins ASU staff as vice chancellor for
Aug. 27, 2008 --
Cristian A. Murdock of
Dallas, Texas, has accepted the position of vice chancellor of
University Advancement at Arkansas State University, ASU
chancellor Dr. Robert Potts announced Wednesday.
Murdock assumes his duties at ASU Sept. 15., after spending the last two
years at Southern Methodist University. He will oversee ASU’s offices of
Alumni Relations, University Development, Publications and Creative
Services, University Communications and University Relations.
thrilled that following a national search, Cristian Murdock has accepted
our offer to become ASU-Jonesboro’s new vice chancellor for University
Advancement,” said Dr. Robert Potts, chancellor of the campus. “In every
development position he has held, he has set new records for fund
raising. I have no doubt that he will do the same here at ASU.
“We are excited that he has become a member of our talented
administrative team, and we welcome him and his fine family to
While at SMU, Murdock was executive director of the National Major
Giving Program, which is responsible for defining, organizing and
maintaining a primary prospect fundraising pool. He also served in an
ambassadorial role with SMU’s deans, vice presidents and development
staff to determine overall goals and strategic direction for SMU’s
Second Century Campaign.
Murdock was responsible for recording $76 million in gifts in 2008, the
most successful donor year in the school’s 97-year history.
“There are certain times at certain places where something special can
happen,” said Murdock. “It is a combination of external factors – a lot
of people taking a strong interest in an institution, the arrival of
real dynamic leadership, and the opportunity to tell a great story. ASU
has a convergence of these events.
“People come to universities from all walks of life because they want to
improve themselves and the world around them. My family and I are
excited to join the ASU team as we all help lead this emerging
university into its second century.”
Murdock also enhanced corporate relationships with SMU and specific
colleges, schools and units across campus through strategic involvement
and opportunities such as student recruiting, faculty research, steering
committees, events, conferences, executive education and corporate
Prior to his stint at SMU, Murdock worked in advancement at Union
University in Jackson, Tenn., as the special assistant to the president.
In this position, Murdock designed and implemented a set of
comprehensive advancement goals for the university. By building strong
relationships with friends and prospects, he helped complete a $110
million campaign for the university.
Murdock also spent two years (2002-04) with GuideStone Financial
Services in Dallas as the group’s director of charitable planning.
From 2000-02, Murdock worked as the director of estate and asset
services with the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City, Okla. While
there, he secured more than $11 million in planned gifts, the most money
ever raised in planned giving for a year with the American Cancer
After receiving a bachelor of science degree in family relations and
child development from Oklahoma State University, Murdock earned his
master of divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
in Louisville, Ky. Upon receiving his master’s degree, he spent five
years as the director of development at Southern Seminary and was the
youngest director in the institution’s 149-year history. Under his
leadership, annual giving, new donors and alumni giving increased
Murdock, who is originally from Duncan, Okla., is married to the former
Kerry Romberg of Holdenville, Okla. Kerry holds a bachelor’s degree in
education from East Central University, Ada, Okla., and a master’s
degree in education from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. They have
two children— an 11-year-old daughter, McKennah, and a six-year-old son,