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Nexus Names Dr. Michelle K. Murray President, Chief Executive Officer

PLYMOUTH, MN  June 14, 2018 — Following a national search, Nexus, a provider of youth and family solutions, has selected Dr. Michelle K. Murray as President, Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.  Dr. Murray has been acting as Interim Chief Executive Officer at Nexus since December 2017.

“We are delighted at the appointment of Michelle Murray as CEO,” said Natalie McGrady, Chair of the Nexus board of directors.  “Our board has been impressed by her clinical expertise and managerial savvy.  We look forward to her continued success at Nexus.”

Dr. Murray originally came to Nexus in 2010 as Director of Clinical Services, and was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Clinical Officer.  Prior to Nexus, Dr. Murray held executive and clinical leadership roles at Liberty Healthcare Corporation and Adelphoi Village at NTCH, both in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Murray brings not only a strong background in clinical and executive leadership, but a variety of partnerships and affiliations.  She has served as board chair and board member for Nexus affiliates, and as a Mentor for the Alliance Executive Leadership Institute.  She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Dr. Murray holds a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy and a PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy from Syracuse University.  She earned a certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Michigan’s Schools of Business and Social Work and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

She is the co-author of “Anxious children and their families: Affirming courageous alternatives,” published in C. Everett Bailey’s “Children in Therapy: Using the Family as a Resource.”  (W. W. Norton, 2000)

“I’m very excited and look forward to leading Nexus to its next stage of development,” said Dr. Murray. “Nexus is a strong organization that has been a good steward of its resources. We can help to advocate and educate about mental health issues and demonstrate economic and social well-being impact in the communities we serve.”

Polina Makievsky, former Senior Vice President at the national organization Alliance for Strong Families and Communities said, “Michelle has clarity of vision and direction; she demonstrates integrity and values; she has a deep understanding of the clinical and business aspects; she has the ability to translate strategy into execution.”


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