Kennesaw State’s College of Science and Mathematics names new associate dean

Jonathan McMurry

Jonathan McMurry will be instrumental in securing research grants

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 24, 2013) — Kennesaw State University’s College of Science and Mathematics has named its first associate dean of research.

Jonathan McMurry, an associate professor of chemistry, will start his new position Aug. 1. His mission is to catalyze development of research programs, increase the external funding the college receives and continue to build collaborations among faculty and with other institutions.

The position is a natural progression of what McMurry has been doing since he arrived on campus in fall 2006, following postdoctoral work at Yale University. McMurry, whose primary research interest is how bacteria move, has secured more than $1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

“Jonathan is an excellent addition to the leadership team of the college,” said Mark Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “He has a distinguished record of research, and he has established many collaborations within KSU and with colleagues at other USG institutions for his own research activities. His ability to build research teams will help to continue to expand KSU's research profile."

McMurry has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. His master’s and bachelor’s in biology are from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Kennesaw State has active and growing research programs,” McMurry said. “My primary goal is to continue to build the research infrastructure in the College of Science and Mathematics by facilitating collaborations among colleagues and helping them obtain more research grants.”

The College, which offers master’s programs in statistics and computer science, launched a master’s program in integrative biology in fall 2012 and will welcome its inaugural class of chemistry graduate students in August.

“I want our graduate programs to be successful immediately,” McMurry said. “We need to produce good scientists who go on to do great things. We have a dynamic faculty capable of providing excellent graduate training, but need to develop additional resources to support the programs.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.