Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D., served as dean of the School of Education from 2008-11 and led its official launch in fall 2009, having shaped the school’s vision to address complex issues facing urban education to ensure all children have the right to a quality education. This vision established a foundation for the extensive opportunities for community engagement and collaboration afforded to Loyola undergraduate and graduate education students. Murrell was also a professor of urban education and an advisor to Loyola’s chapter of Urban Needs in Teacher Education, the first chapter on the east coast.
“Peter was a man of incredible strength and incredible conviction,” said Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Loyola and close colleague of Murrell’s. “He was a real giant—a role model and a mentor. There was very, very little, if anything, that could stop him from giving to this field that he loved, from giving to his colleagues, from being a true professional.”
In 2009, Murrell was instrumental in establishing Loyola’s Center for Innovation in Urban Education, an initiative that pursues collaborative research, innovative program development, and community engagement to bring positive change to education in Baltimore and other urban communities.
“As founding dean, Peter set the School of Education forward on a path that is consonant with Loyola’s mission at large, and he helped faculty and students see that work in urban schools and communities is, in his words, ‘the work,’” said Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “His tireless dedication to Baltimore City Public Schools inspires us and challenges us to do more of ‘the work,’ and to do it better so more children can flourish. The faculty and I are honored to continue building upon his legacy in preparing future education leaders who live out our mission throughout their careers.”
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