Active in the development of the field of Peace Studies, Dr. Murray founded the Juniata Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in 1985. In 1987 the Institute was named in honor of the John C. and Elizabeth Evans Baker family. In 1988, he helped found the Peace Studies Association, an organization of more than one hundred colleges and universities with peace studies programs and has served twice as chair of its board of directors. He serves on the United Nations / International Association of University President's Commission on Arms Control Education. As a member of the Commission, he began and directed the International Seminar on Arms Control and Disarmament from 1993-1998. This school, sponsored jointly by Juniata College and the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs, brought professors from more than forty countries to Juniata's campus for arms control and disarmament curriculum training. He serves as a special consultant for a ten-nation UN peace-building initiative in West Africa and has worked with the government of Mali to develop a moratorium on the import, export and manufacture of small arms and a Military/Civilian Code of Conduct.
Dr. Murray holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bridgewater College. He did his graduate work in Chicago at Bethany Theological Seminary where he earned the degrees Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in peace studies. He has done additional studies at the University of Tamil Nadu, India; the Canadian Peace Research Institute; the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, Italy; the Arias Institute for Peace, Costa Rica; and the Pennsylvania State University. He received the Beachley Distinguished Academic Service Award from Juniata College in 1991 and has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Manchester College, 1993, and Bridgewater College, 1998. In 2001 the Peace Studies Association gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Murray came to Juniata in 1971 as College Chaplain after serving pastorates in Virginia and Oregon. While at Juniata, he has also taught as adjunct at the University of Hawaii and the Pennsylvania State University. He has served as a consultant for peace studies curriculum at more than twenty colleges and universities throughout the US and Canada.
Dr. Murray is an amateur guitar player and songwriter. With his wife, Terry, he has recorded seven albums and has done more than 300 concerts in twenty states and Canada. He also enjoys cooking, mountain biking, swimming, tennis, hiking, camping and sailing. He was the first person to swim the twenty-mile length of Lake Raystown, and he is certified to charter by the U.S. Sail Association.