Murders Named Chief Academic Officer

Michael Murders of Ozark has been named as the new chief academic officer at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.

Murders will supervise all academic programs delivered by Arkansas Tech-Ozark faculty, coordinate faculty development activities, lead the assessment of student learning efforts and plan course schedules. He will also assist in the strategic planning of the campus and development of new programs and curriculum.

“It is an honor to accept the position of chief academic officer,” Murders said. “I am excited about continuing my career at the Ozark Campus and enthused about this new opportunity to work with Tech’s academic leadership to facilitate the success of our students, faculty and staff.”

Chancellor Bruce Sikes said, “Mr. Murders has the support of the faculty and staff. Since his tenure on the Ozark Campus, Mike Murders has shown the ability to assist both students and faculty. He is proven in his accomplishments and we are proud to have Mr. Murders as a part of our Ozark Campus team.”

Most recently, Murders was as an instructor at Arkansas Tech-Ozark. Prior to that, he was an adjunct instructor at Rose State College in Oklahoma City and an assistant professor of aerospace studies for the Air Force ROTC at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Retired from the United States Air Force, Murders served as an academic instructor and lead recruiter and trainer for the Air Force ROTC as well as a NATO staff officer instructor in Afghanistan and the Netherlands. He directed and managed the logistical activities supporting information technology training including 12 multinational instructors, two classrooms and more than 30 course curricula.

Murders said he will miss the classroom and teaching.

“I will miss working directly with our wonderful students,” Murders said. “However, I’m grateful for the opportunity to be creative in developing educational solutions and new curriculum that embrace our mission to develop skilled and knowledgeable citizens to support our local communities.”

Murders is currently a doctoral candidate for the Doctorate of Higher Education in faculty leadership from the University of Arkansas. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in computer science technology from the Community College of the Air Force as well as a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Park College in Parkville, Mo. He also has a Master of Science in computer information science from Troy State University of Montgomery in Alabama.

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