TULLISSE A. (TONI) MURDOCK, Ph.D., based in Tucson, Arizona, has recently joined the firm as Senior Consultant. In July 2012, Dr. Murdock retired from Antioch University as Chancellor Emeritus. Her forty-year career in higher education provided her the opportunity to serve in administrative positions in public and private, community college, comprehensive, religious, and research institutions. As president and chancellor she hired numerous presidential and senior level administrative positions, even writing a search handbook with the focus on increasing diversity within the academic sector.
In 1997, Dr. Murdock was appointed the President of Antioch University’s Seattle campus, after serving for eight years as the associate provost for academic planning and programs at Seattle University. She was appointed as Acting Chancellor of Antioch University in October 2005 and in May 2006 was appointed as Chancellor. She was the first woman to head Antioch University as a president and later chancellor.
Under Dr. Murdock’s leadership as chancellor of Antioch University, the financial health of the institution measurably increased with the establishment of an endowment and growth of cash reserves; the University received national awards and recognition for its commitment to community service and sustainability; student services was enhanced through the creation of a University Virtual Library and a cross-campus virtual tutorial Learning Commons and career services; faculty contractual benefits were strengthened as well as faculty collaboration across campuses providing increased academic voice within the central structure.
In the seven years Dr. Murdock led Antioch University as chancellor, the institution underwent a series of important transitions, including the separation of Antioch University and Antioch College into two distinct institutions. Toni’s collaboration with the Board and the University Leadership Team produced numerous structural changes in university governance such as the establishment of boards of trustees for each campus of the Antioch University system.
Dr. Murdock obtained her B.A. in Education and History (1968) and M.A. in Southwest History (1970) at New Mexico State University. She received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Finance from the University of Arizona in 1986, receiving the Dissertation of the Year Award from NASPA.