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Laurier unveils 2012 SBE ‘Builder’ – Dr. Alex Murray

Jun 18/12


Megan Harris, SBE Marketing & Communications -

Laurier’s School of Business & Economics (SBE) celebrated the unveiling of the 2012 addition to their Builders Wall on Friday, June 5th: Dr. Alex Murray. Located on the main floor of the Schlegel Centre, the Builders Wall recognizes individuals in SBE’s history who have led the school in its development. These builders have been champions that created fundamental change within the faculty.

Recognition as a ‘Builder’ is considered to be a remarkable accomplishment and only the most significant contribution above and beyond normal service is worthy of such recognition. First unveiled in 2008, the wall currently recognizes six individuals: Herman Overgaard; Maureen Kuske; Glenn Carroll; Max Stewart; Bob Quinn; Howard Teall.

“We are honoured to add Alex Murray as our seventh Builder for SBE. Alex’s contributions have made us what and who we are today, and because of his services, we have become extraordinary.” said Bill Banks, acting dean for Laurier’s School of Business & Economics. “Alex dedicated himself to SBE’s purpose and made meaningful and considerable contributions, which have had a significant, positive, and long lasting affect on the School.”

A plaque has been permanently placed on this wall with the following words:

As the only three term Dean (1982-1996) of the School of Business & Economics, Alex Murray was instrumental in creating the School we are today. Determined to integrate an international dimension and total quality management, he encouraged faculty, staff, and students to think with an external mindset. Alex, who was a Dean of many School ‘firsts’, took this mindset in creating the annual National Economic Forecast, a forerunner to today’s Economic Outlook series. This Forecast would work hand-in-hand each year with the research and survey Alex conducted, outlining the business confidence of manufacturing firms in our region. He was responsible for the start of the Laurier Trade Development Centre, the Research Centre for Advanced Technology/Operations, the implementation of the full-time “Link” MBA program, and the diploma program in management studies. Alex also made the student experience at Laurier a priority. He was integral to the creation of PRISM, the DOW Student Centre and ensured the involvement of the corporate community in all aspects of the School. In 1986 Alex welcomed his first Executive-in-Residence, to communicate the practical experience, and to create an appreciation of strategic management in the business world. In 1987, he introduced the annual Laurier Outstanding Business Leader Award and in 1994 his corporate “consulting team” which became his Dean’s Advisory Council. Alex’s compassion and sincerity was integral to SBE’s ability to manage that almost-impossible feat: growing without losing the sense of community. Well-loved by all, he led with his heart, was a true ambassador for the School, and was sincerely supportive of those who resided within it. 

Click here to see photos from the unveiling celebration.

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