Jim Murtha has served as Chairman and CEO of Maguire Associates since 2012.
Since then, Jim has supervised the two largest projects in the Company’s history, initiated a client-oriented, data analytics system and dashboard, formed partnerships with EduCo International and Blackboard, and advanced Maguire Associates’ position as the industry leader in educational consulting, research and sophisticated modeling.
Prior to joining Maguire Associates, Jim served as Chief Operating Officer of The New School in New York’s Greenwich Village. He worked closely with former President Bob Kerrey to expand and improve facilities, bolster finances, grow degree enrollment to over 10,000 students, and sharply expand the ranks of full-time faculty.
Jim guided the development of the 375,000 square foot University Center complex, which houses academic facilities, 600 student housing units and 5th Avenue retail space. At the end of his tenure the Board awarded Jim The New School’s Founders Medal, citing his decade plus of accomplishments along with his “courage and integrity.”
In 1979, while completing his doctorate in sociology at Columbia University (BA, MA: Queens College, CUNY), Jim began his career as an administrator in institutional research at the City University of New York.
At CUNY he and his colleagues conducted numerous studies on post-graduation status, retention, and the effects of educational interventions on success in college. This work figured prominently in improving CUNY’s academic reputation and setting the stage for major reforms.
Beginning in 1985, Jim directed the institutional research effort and later served as Associate Dean for Planning, Acting Budget Director, and finally as University Dean for Information Services.
As Vice President for Administration at Baruch College (CUNY) from 1995 to 1998, he managed several rounds of New York State budget cuts, modernized technology, expanded summer offerings, and initiated the College’s 800,000 square foot, 17-story “vertical campus” facility.
Jim chairs the Board of Trustees of New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, where he has served since 2003. Jim serves as a co-chair of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative, a foundation focused on improving school safety and security.
Jim also served for a decade on the board of the Union Square Partnership in New York City, receiving the Buchbinder Award for community service in 2011.
He also served on the advisory board of the Institute for Irish American Studies at Lehman College (CUNY). Jim has served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University, Queens College, St. John’s University, and Baruch.
Jim can be reached at email@example.com.