Jim Murtha

Jim Murtha brings a wealth of management experience to Maguire Associates, having held senior roles in both public and private institutions of higher learning for over thirty years.  In addition to experience in finance, budgeting, enrollment management and human resources, Jim is trained in survey research and quantitative methods, has conducted his own research, directed large-scale research operations, and managed major computer and data facilities.  Beginning in 1998 and for over 13 years, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The New School in New York’s Greenwich Village.  At the end of his New School tenure, Jim served as special advisor to the President, focusing on construction and real estate matters.  As New School’s chief administrator, Jim 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.  As a fitting capstone to their work on behalf of The New School, in fall 2013, the University Center will open at the intersection of 14th Street and Fifth Avenue.  This award-winning, LEED gold facility will add more than 375,000 square feet to The New School’s campus.  Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s Roger Duffy, the 16-story center will house design studios, laboratories, a student residence, interdisciplinary classrooms, and much more. In 1979, while completing his doctorate in sociology at Columbia University, Jim secured a research position at The City University of New York (CUNY).  He and his colleagues conducted numerous studies on post-graduation status, retention, and the effects of educational interventions in predicting 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 CUNY’s institutional research effort and later served as Associate Dean for Planning, Acting Budget Director, and finally as University Dean for Information Services.  In 1995, he joined Baruch College as Vice President for Administration where he managed several rounds of New York State imposed budget reductions, modernized technology, and collaborated with the provost to expand the College’s summer offerings.  He guided the launch of a 450,000 square foot vertical campus construction project, which now provides Baruch’s students and faculty a state-of-the art educational, recreational, and performing arts facility.  Jim has served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University, Queens College (CUNY), St. John’s University, and Baruch.  In fall 2011, he rejoined the Baruch faculty to teach The Finance of Higher Education in the College’s master’s program in the Higher Education Administration.  He chairs the Board of Trustees of New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, and serves as a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Irish American Studies at the City University of New York.  Jim can be reached at jmurtha@maguireassoc.com.

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