Appointment of Acting Dean for the University Honors College

May 31, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Audrey J. Murrell as the Acting Dean of the University Honors College effective June 17, 2019.

Audrey has served the University in a number of important and profound ways over the years, including most recently as Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration and as Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership. She is a professor in business administration and holds secondary appointments in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and in Pitt’s Psychology Department.

Audrey’s research, teaching, and consulting work focuses on building the capacity of people and organizations, with special emphasis on enhancing outcomes for women. This includes topics such as mentoring, breaking the “glass ceiling,” diversity, and workplace discrimination. Widely published, Audrey consults in the areas of mentoring, diversity, ethical leadership development, and social responsibility in organizations. 

Audrey has received numerous recognitions including the Mayor's Citizen Service Award from the City of Pittsburgh, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public and Community Service Award from the University of Pittsburgh, the Provost’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum from the University of Pittsburgh, the H.J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service from the Pitt Business Alumni Association, the “Daisy Lampkin” award from Celebrate & Share, Inc. of Pittsburgh, the “Women of Influence” award from the Pittsburgh Business Times, the SBA Minority Business Champion of the Year Award, the University of Pittsburgh Student Choice Award, the “Women of Distinction” award from the Girls Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Susan B. Anthony “Women of Vision” award from the Women’s Leadership Assembly, the Community Service Award from the Pennsylvania Job Corps Association, Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement from the University of Pittsburgh, and the Community Champion Award from the United Way of Allegheny County.

Audrey has been included in Outstanding Young Women in America and received Phi Beta Kappa honors in addition to the Kurt Ryder nomination for outstanding dissertation in the humanities while at Howard University. She was a member of Leadership Pittsburgh (Class XVI) and has also been awarded numerous research grants, including funding from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, H.J. Heinz Endowments, Maurice Falk Foundation, Institute for Industrial Competitiveness, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Pitt’s University Center for Social and Urban Research, and the American Association of University Women.

Audrey’s community service activities include currently serving on the board of the Women and Girls Foundation, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and as the board chair of Food21 of Pennsylvania. Her previous board memberships include the Mentoring Partnership of SWPA, Urban Youth Action, American Red Cross, Northside Christian Health Center, Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, Fund for the Advancement of Minorities in Education (FAME), Leadership Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Presbyterian Foundation, FISA Foundation, Minority Enterprise Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania Lung Alliance, and Three Rivers Adoption Council. Audrey has worked with the American Red Cross as an instructor, public affairs specialist, volunteer in the National Disaster Human Resources System, and previous member of the National Diversity Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

She received her BS from Howard University, magna cum laude, and her MS and PhD from the University of Delaware.

Audrey’s exceptional experience and far-reaching scholarship make her ideal for her new role in the University Honors College, where innovation and mentoring are key to the success of our students. From start to finish, she possesses the leadership qualities to further advance the scope and mission of the college.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Audrey as she begins this new assignment.



Ann E. Cudd
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

Professor of Philosophy