Commencement at Aquinas College

Commencement Speaker

Mark Murray is the vice chairman of Meijer, Inc.  Mark previously served as Co-CEO (2013-2016) and as President (2006-2013) of the retailer.

Mark was president of Grand Valley State University from 2001-2006.  During his tenure, Grand Valley’s enrollment grew to 22,000 students.  

Mark served in many roles in Michigan state government.  His final role was as State Treasurer.  His prior role in state government was as State Budget Director with overall responsibility for formulation and administration of budgets for all state agencies.  In the period between being State Budget Director and State Treasurer, Mark was vice president for finance and administration at Michigan State University responsible for non-academic matters at the university: finance, housing, facilities, security and athletics.

He has served on many community boards over the years including: Detroit Public Schools, Spectrum Health, Business Leaders for Michigan, and Michigan State Chamber of Commerce.

Mark received his master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations and his bachelor’s degree in Economics, both from Michigan State University.  He and Elizabeth are parents to three grown children, and began their new roles as grandparents in 2015.