Barry University appoints John D. Murray, PhD, as Provost

Barry University appoints John D. Murray, PhD, as Provost

MIAMI (May 16, 2016) – John D. Murray, PhD, has been named Provost and Professor of Psychology at Barry University. His tenure as Provost begins July 1.

Murray comes to Barry University from Indiana State University, where for the last six years he has been Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college at Indiana State. Prior to his leadership role at Indiana State, he was the chair of the Psychology Department at Georgia Southern University. Murray’s teaching positions include tenured Professor of Psychology at Indiana State and Professor of Psychology at Georgia Southern University.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Murray to the Barry University community. His visionary leadership and commitment to transformative learning will play a vital role in enhancing the mission of our university and the goals of our schools and colleges. I am confident that our students, faculty, staff and alumni will benefit from his experience, expertise and collaborative leadership style,” said Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD.

“I am honored and very excited to be able to serve the students of Barry University,” said Murray. “The values that originally defined the university when it was founded some 75 years ago are still prevalent today. I look forward to working with deans, faculty and executive leadership to continue to evolve and grow the university while staying true to its core values and mission.”  

Murray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of California in Santa Barbara. He completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. [Murray is relocating to Miami with his wife Dr. Rebecca Murray, a clinical psychologist, and daughter Kate.]


Barry University in Miami, Florida, strives to provide a higher education experience that applies what is learned in the classroom to a constantly changing world, while promoting civic engagement for the betterment of humanity.

Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Barry University offers more than 100 bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs. The university is composed of two colleges and seven schools in the areas of arts and sciences, business, education, human performance and leisure sciences, law, nursing and health sciences, podiatric medicine, professional and career education, and social work. The university enrolls close to 8,000 students from nearly all 50 states and 80 countries; 60,000 alumni worldwide; and 1,700 faculty and staff members. Barry University has a 122-acre main campus in Miami; the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law campus in Orlando; and satellite sites in 10 Florida counties, The Bahamas, and the US Virgin Islands. For more information, visit