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Mark Murray

Indianapolis native Mark Murray developed his love of broadcasting while working at Ben Davis High School's WBDG-FM. He chose Butler for its excellence in broadcast education and sought a curriculum and degree in this area. Because he had been working as an air personality at top rated WIRE-AM since age 17, he quickly began to desire a broader educational experience. During his sophomore year, he switched to a new major then offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1980 he was one of the first Butler grads to attain a B.S. in Public and Corporate Communications. Upon graduation he became General Manager for WTRE AM & FM in Greensburg. After three years he moved to WAMJ-AM in South Bend where he was General Manager and morning call-in talk show host. During the 1980s he produced and hosted a live, prime-time call-in talk show on the local PBS station, WNIT-TV. With a strong aspiration to go into non-profit work, and to better use his Butler Liberal Arts education, he made a career change in 1990.

Following seven years as vice president, he has served the last 15 years as President / CEO at Center for Hospice Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of living through hospice care, home health care, bereavement services, and community education. Now the largest hospice program in Indiana, and ranked in the top 5% in the nation, Center for Hospice Care has offices in South Bend, Elkhart and Plymouth, two seven-bed Medicare certified hospice inpatient units, a freestanding community bereavement facility, and separate Administrative and Foundation offices.

Murray is currently serving his second term as Board Chair for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in Alexandria, VA. With 52,000 members, including 3,700 hospice and palliative care provider members, NHPCO is the oldest and largest such membership organization in the world. He also currently serves on the boards of the National Hospice Foundation; FHSSA (formerly known as the Foundation for Hospices of Sub-Saharan Africa), and the Hospice Action Network, a Washington, DC based political advocacy organization. He is a member of the National Hospice Executive Roundtable, a group of eleven CEOs from across the country who meet three times per year to develop and share industry best practices. A former Board Chair for the Indiana Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, he continues to serve on the board. By appointment of Governor Mitch Daniels, he was a member of the Indiana Home Health Services and Hospice Services Council from 2006 - 2011.

He lives in Granger, IN with his wife Deborah, daughter Michelle, and granddaughter Emily.