Joe Murray, MSHR, is currently Director of University Advising Services for Florida Atlantic University. Prior to joining the FAU team, Joe served as the Director for Academic Advising and Retention Services at Miami (OH) University's Hamilton Campus for 22 years. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management degrees from Purdue University. He has helped to develop and refine the Appreciative Advising Inventory and has been part of a national task force aimed at advancing the concept of Appreciative Advising. Most recently, he served on the faculty for the 2010 National Conference on Academic Advising Strategies to Increase Persistence and for the 2011- 2015 Appreciative Advising Institutes. He is a certified Appreciative Adviser.
Joe works tirelessly to help students that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. He has been a driving force behind Ohio Reach, a state and national effort to increase access and retention to higher education for Ohio's Lower Income/Disadvantaged Youth and Foster Care Alumni. He recently resigned from the Ohio Reach governing board to relocate to Florida to begin work to support foster youth in that state. He is now a co-founder for Florida Reach. He has served as the Co-Chair of the First-Generation College Student Interest Group for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) from 2007 until 2012.