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Getting to know the Abington Alumni Society Board: Dan Murray ’86

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Dan Murray – BS Finance 1986

Who am I and what do I do?

I am the father of an 11-year old daughter (Loran) and husband to Yue. I live in Pasadena, California where I have worked for both start-up and public digital media companies. When not working, I enjoy attending my daughter’s soccer games. Since graduating from Penn State, I have lived in Baltimore, Chicago, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

 

What position do you hold on the Alumni Board and why did you want to be part of it?

I am currently president of the Alumni Society board. I have been on the Board since 2007 and have served on multiple committees during this time. I became interested in supporting Penn State Abington because Penn State was instrumental in my development as an individual and as a professional. Like many at Penn State Abington, I came from a working class family where a collegiate degree was a goal, but it was far from a certainty. Penn State Abington provided the bridge that allowed me to transition from someone who had limited skills and vague ideas about what was required to be successful to one who was well prepared to accomplish my post-collegiate goals and ambitions.

 

What are some of your favorite PSU Abington or PSU memories?

Carpooling to/from college with friends. Intramural sports (Softball, Hockey, and Football). Spring Break in the Poconos. Making friends and forming relationships at PSU Abington that have stayed with me for a lifetime. Realizing that I could succeed academically at the collegiate level, that I really was good enough to make it in college. The anticipation and excitement of moving to State College. Having a great roommate. Friends and relationships made while living in Beaver Hall. Attending tailgates, football games, and many other social events. Getting a great education that prepared me very well for my future professional career.

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