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Murphy Receives UCM’s Foster/Inglish Prize for Excellence in Public Relations

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 21,2016) – Jeff Murphy, assistant director of University Relations for media relations at the University of Central Missouri, recently was named recipient of the Carl B. Foster/John M. Inglish Prize for Outstanding Service in Public Relations. The award was presented to Murphy by Kelly Waldram-Cramer, UCM director of marketing and promotions.

“Receiving the Foster-Inglish Award came as a huge surprise at a recent staff meeting, and it was both an honor and very humbling considering the many other staff members who are deserving of recognition,” Murphy said. “Having worked with John Inglish and known Carl Foster, who were PR pioneers at UCM, it means a lot to me to receive an award that allows me to celebrate and honor their legacy.”

Murphy Foster Inglish Award 2016
Jeff Murphy, left, assistant director of University Relations for media relations at the University of Central Missouri, recently received the Carl B. Foster/John M. Inglish Prize for Outstanding Service in Public Relations from Kelly Waldram-Cramer, right, UCM director of marketing and promotions.

Murphy also was the first recipient of the award in his former role a news bureau manager when it was created in 2000 to honor achievement and service by members of the university’s public relations staff. John Inglish, director emeritus of public relations, established an endowment through the UCM Foundation the year he retired to honor his longtime friend and mentor, the late Carl Foster, who retired as director emeritus of public relations in 1986 after 19 years of service to the university. Inglish devoted more than 27 years to UCM’s public relations office before he retired.

Murphy becomes the 14th member of the University Relations staff to receive the award since its inception. The award includes the addition of the recipient’s name on a plaque, which is displayed in University Relations, Administration 302, and a monetary prize that is made possible by the endowment.

“Jeff plays a critical role in our office and consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Waldram-Cramer said. “He is someone who exemplifies service and his dedication to UCM is unmatched. He is the type of person one aspires to be–kind, generous, hard-working, ethical and humble. He is an invaluable asset to University Relations and UCM.”

A Johnson County native, Murphy is a 1976 graduate of University High School and received a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 1980 and a master’s degree in communication in 1995, both from UCM. Following an eight-year career in journalism with the Warrensburg “Daily Star-Journal,” he joined the UCM staff in 1989 as news bureau assistant and was promoted to news bureau manager in 1990. He was named assistant director of the Office of Communication and Creative Services in 2002, and served as interim director for four months in 2003 prior to being named to his current post.

Murphy coordinates contact with local, regional and national media on behalf of UCM, serving as university spokesperson and working closely with university administration and staff to provide a seamless flow of information about university policy, initiatives and key events. He also co-supervises a student public relations firm, Innovative Public Relations, providing guidance and expertise to a group of public relations students who function as a public relations firm under the supervision of the Office of University Relations and Department of Communication.

Murphy has served in leadership roles with a variety of area organizations and has often played a role in public relations efforts. Over the years, this has included publicity for events such as the Johnson County Heart Walk and American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, the College High All-School Reunion Committee, and publicity for events and organizations such as the former Tailgate with the City street fair, Johnson County United Way and Johnson County CLIMB.

In his professional role at UCM, Murphy was the 2015 recipient of the J. P. Mees Outstanding Professional Staff Award, the highest honor presented annually to a member of the university’s professional staff. He serves as a member of the Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Team, and Emergency Planning Team, the Campus Safety Commission, and the Commencement Committee. He was twice elected by his peers to serve on the UCM Professional Staff Council.

Murphy’s daughter, Jessica Boeding, and her husband, L. J., reside in Blue Springs with his three grandchildren, Colin, Chloe and Olivia. He is the son of Deanna Boosinger, Knob Noster, and the late Dale Murphy, and longtime resident of Warrensburg and Sedalia.