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Vanda McMurtry Stepping Down as Vice President for Government and Community Affairs
November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13

Dr. Vanda McMurtry has decided to step down from his position as Vice President for Government and Community Affairs as of January 31, 2008.  Dr. McMurtry is joining Parven Pomper Schuyler Inc., a legislative consulting firm in Washington DC, as Senior Vice President.

As Penn’s Vice President for Government and Community Affairs, Dr. McMurtry directed Penn’s relationship with state, local and federal governments as well as non-governmental groups at the community and national levels.

 “Van’s achievements over the last two years have been widely recognized locally and nationally, said President Amy Gutmann. “The successful establishment and staffing of Penn’s offices in Washington DC, and Harrisburg have cemented Penn’s presence in our national and state capitols,” she said.

“Van has worked vigorously to build greater support for increased federal funding for research and advocate on behalf of higher education issues generally. Locally, his work with Councilwoman Blackwell and other local leaders has made a significant impact. Under his leadership, Penn established the Lucien E. Blackwell Apprenticeship Program (Almanac September 4, 2007) to provide skills training opportunities to residents from West and Southwest Philadelphia,” Dr. Gutmann added.

Dr. McMurtry assumed the position of Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at Penn in October, 2005 (Almanac September 6, 2005). Before coming to Penn, he served as vice president for government and community relations at Cornell University. Prior to that, he served for 12 years as senior vice president for federal government relations for Aetna Inc., and as staff director and chief counsel for the US Senate Committee on Finance.

A search for Dr. McMurtry’s successor will begin immediately. Vice President and Chief of Staff Greg Rost, and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, will co-chair the search with support from Barbara Stevens of the executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller. Over the course of the coming months, Dr. McMurtry will work closely with Mr. Rost and Mr. Carnaroli to ensure a smooth transition. 

Almanac - November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13