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Dave Murray is an award-winning communications professional and journalist. He leads the team telling the story of how a Grand Rapids Community College education can transform lives, and how GRCC is a vital part of a strong West Michigan.

Murray was named GRCC communications director in March 2018 after more than 30 years in media and state government.

As Gov. Rick Snyder’s press secretary and deputy press secretary, Murray served as the administration spokesman, responding to state, national and international media, telling the story of Michigan's comeback.

He was a deputy director in the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, coordinating communications for four state agencies. Murray worked on efforts to improve education and build a talented workforce, including the Career Pathways Alliance, Going PRO and the Marshall Plan for Talent. 

Murray worked as a reporter and editor for MLive, The Grand Rapids Press and The Flint Journal in Michigan, covering education and the Legislature. He appeared on CNN and C-SPAN to discuss the 2012 election and was a regular panelist on WGVU's "West Michigan Week" program. Murray also covered education and local governments for The Bridgeport Post and Telegram in Connecticut.

Murray is a five-time winner of the Michigan Education Association's School Bell Award for education reporting. He's been honored 10 times by the Michigan Press Association, and three times by the Associated Press, including one First Place Award for editorial writing.

The GRCC Communications Department has won more than 40 awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, and NCMPR's District 3, under his direction.

He is the Michigan representative to the NCMPR District 3 Executive Council, and served on the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America's board of directors between 2018 and 2021. 

Murray is a 1986 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a 1984 graduate of Nassau Community College in New York.

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Communications Director
(616) 234-4213
100A College Park Plaza