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Newsmaker: Robert Murphy

| Saturday, May 23, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

Residence: Canandaigua, N.Y.

Age: 58

Family: Married, with two sons

Education: Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in education and history from Norwich College and a master's degree in education from Springfield College.

Occupation: Director of Career Services at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. Before entering academia, Murphy worked as a business owner and executive with PepsiCo, including four years as the beverage maker's chief operating officer in Istanbul, Turkey. A former Marine Corps captain, Murphy climbed Mount Everest in 2003.

Noteworthy/Achievement: Carnegie Mellon University hired Murphy to be the director of its Career and Professional Development Center starting July 1. The center helps students find a place in the workforce, a task that has become more challenging during the recession.

Quote: "It is difficult, however, the student just has to work harder and career services departments have to work harder for the student in looking for those opportunities and also getting the student better prepared. The better prepared you are, the better opportunity you're going to have."

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