Seton Hall celebrated Patrick Murray '64/M.B.A. '72 on December 4 as he stepped down from the Board of Regents after more than nine years as chairman. In thanks for his outstanding leadership, Murray's fellow Regents and the University's executive cabinet made a collective gift of $150,000 to augment the Patrick M. and Mary Ann Pfaff Murray Need-Based Scholarship.
"Pat Murray is a strong leader whose wisdom, humility and grace are well known by one and all," noted President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. "His leadership is matched only by his philanthropy. Pat believes in Seton Hall, supports Seton Hall and leads Seton Hall."
He has been succeeded as chairman by prominent New Jersey attorney Kevin H. Marino, J.D. '84.
Murray's tenure was marked by numerous advances for the University, including the creation of two schools and colleges, the new Interprofessional Health Sciences campus, several new buildings and additions on the South Orange campus, and larger incoming classes. "Pat stepped into the role of board chair at a time of major transition for the University, and he has been there throughout," said Mark Ganton '91, vice chair of the Board of Regents. "Any time we ever needed anything, we could look to Pat and he'd always have the answer."
Like many Setonians, Murray was the first in his family to attend college. He earned an accounting degree in 1964 and an M.B.A. eight years later. After serving in the U.S. Army, he relied on Seton Hall's career services office to help him find an accounting position. In 2007, he retired as the chairman of Dresser Industries, a leading equipment provider to the energy industry.
He and his wife, Mary Ann, have been very generous in their support of the University's top priorities, such as building the Science and Technology Center; expanding and renovating the University Center; enhancing Pirate Athletics; creating scholarships and establishing a faculty chair in the Stillman School of Business. Their $5 million gift in 2016 is one of Seton Hall's largest.
"Pat's legacy will be felt for many, many decades. It's hard to imagine there's been a more consequential or positive chairman in the history of Seton Hall," added Regent Hank D'Alessandro '85.
With wisdom and savvy gained in his long and distinguished business career, Murray helped the Regents overcome challenges and reach new heights of achievement.
"I've been with him in situations that were a little tense and a little difficult, and I've never seen him lose his composure," said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
Murray's successor, Kevin Marino, the founding partner of Marino, Tortorella & Boyle, P.C., one of the most well respected white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation boutique law firms in the United States, began as chairman on December 5.
Marino received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in English literature and political science from Drew University and his law degree cum laude from Seton Hall's School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. He has taught criminal procedure, professional responsibility, trial advocacy and legal writing as an adjunct professor at the law school and in numerous other legal programs.