Robert H. Jackson Center President To Step Down

Susan Moran Murphy, Robert H. Jackson Center president, is stepping down from her position.

The center recently wrapped up a three-year strategic plan. Stan Lundine, Robert H. Jackson Center Board of Directors chair, made the announcement.

“Susan is an outstanding executive who led us to a new level of excellence. Sue has also significantly strengthened our programs, fundraising, branding and financial position. She was instrumental in securing a $1.5 million New York State Downtown Revitalization grant to renovate our historic building. The Jackson Center has benefited in countless ways due to her exceptional leadership and we thank her for her dedicated service,” Lundine said.

Under Murphy’s two-and-a-half-year leadership, the Jackson Center exceeded its annual fund goals, significantly increased sponsor support and more than doubled endowment assets by raising contributions of more than $1.2 million. Murphy helped secure $1.5 million in state funding for the Jackson Center’s master plan implementation/renovation project. In addition, strategic affiliations have been established with Chautauqua Institution, St. Bonaventure University and University at Buffalo School of Law.

“Susan has made great strides in helping the Jackson Center achieve the three objectives of our 2015-17 Strategic Plan — excellence in programming, excellence in partnership and excellence in public engagement,” said Greg Peterson, Jackson Center co-founder. “This has created a strong foundation for our next planning horizon.”

Murphy earned her Bachelor of Science in Education Summa Cum Laude at Boston University and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. In her previous role as Director of External Affairs for Detroit Country Day School, Susan developed strategy and led execution in all areas of institutional advancement for the four campus, 1,600-student independent school in southeast Michigan. She has served in numerous leadership capacities for non-profit boards including the Chautauqua Foundation from 1997 to present, Chautauqua Institution, Detroit Country Day School and the Friends of the Arts Association.

“It is a privilege to have furthered Robert H. Jackson’s legacy in my time at the helm of the Robert H. Jackson Center,” Murphy said. “I am proud that the Jackson Center is a stronger entity now and I would like to thank the Jackson Center board, staff, constituents and our community for their support and friendship.”