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Karen R. Murray, Ph.D

Dr. Karen Murray

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor

Office: Administration Building, Room 212


Professional Profile

In 1978, Dr. Murray earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology jointly conferred by The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She joined the Tarleton faculty in 1987 as an Instructor and Director of Biological Sciences, in the Division of Medical Technology. In May of 1992, her MBA was conferred from The University of Texas at Arlington.

In 1999, she was promoted to assistant professor and Director of Biological Sciences, in the Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Her Ph.D. was conferred in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2000 from The University of North Texas Health Science Center and she became a department head for Medical Laboratory Science. In 2002, she relocated to the Stephenville Campus and became the Assistant Vice President for Curriculum & Assessment, and Department Head of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. In 2011, she was appointed to the position of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

She serves as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the University, providing leadership in the planning, coordination, and administration of Academic Affairs at the University. This includes the oversight, evaluation and leadership of the Deans of the seven academic colleges and chairing the Academic Council. In addition to leading Tarleton’s development and growth in Fort Worth and Waco, Dr. Murray has served in a number of academic leadership positions.

Teaching and Related Services

Dr. Murray is certified nationally as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and as a Specialist in Clinical Chemistry (SC). She has taught numerous courses in both the clinical and academic setting including Medical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology and Clinical Chemistry. She has also taught courses in General Biology and currently teaches a graduate course in Medical Biochemistry.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Murray's research focus is on lipid metabolism and lipoprotein transport. Of particular interest are the molecular mechanisms that direct high-density lipoprotein particle assembly and function. Additional interest areas include strategic planning and implementation, and student success initiatives.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Murray enjoys watching basketball, especially the Mavericks. She also enjoys spending time in our national parks, traveling, and gardening. She is married and has three children and two grandchildren.