Wingate Faces

Beth Murray

9/24/2012
Dr. Beth Murray is one of the only faculty members at Wingate University who has held at least six different positions during her time here. In her 32 years at Wingate, she's been the Dean of Women, the Athletic Director and an Assistant Professor of Education (her current role). After attending Wingate Junior College for two years, Murray graduated from Appalachian State University with her Masters in Counselor Education. She then moved to Georgia where she provided counseling services at various schools before returning to Wingate University in 1980.

While Murray's career started in counseling and advising, she asserts her passion is for teaching, "At heart I'm a teacher, not an administrator," she said. "I'm a part of the faculty and staff that help develop a supportive place for young adults to find out and develop who they are and not feel threatened, judged or criticized."

Murray encourages students to get involved while at Wingate. "Take advantage of every opportunity you can while you're here," she advised. "Don't sit back and let stuff happen, take opportunities." She advises students to find out who they are through opportunities offered to them at Wingate. "Dr. Murray genuinely cares for her students," said Rachel McCullough, Wingate University senior. "She wants them to achieve success beyond grades in the classroom."

Murray's relationship with Wingate has been mutually beneficial. Wingate has given her numerous opportunities to travel internationally with students, earn her doctorate while teaching and develop leadership programs. She has contributed passion, enthusiasm, an endless amount of experience and knowledge to the University over the years. Throughout her experiences, she's most grateful that she has always been allowed to teach in some way.