September 12, 2008

Bernard Murphy Elected President and CEO of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

The Board of Directors of Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) has elected Bernard Murphy, PhD., as President and CEO of PIRE, effective September 1, 2008. Dr. Murphy is PIRE's fourth CEO in its 34-year history. The PIRE Board and its CEO Search Committee conducted a nationwide search. Dr. Murphy served as Interim President and CEO since January 2008.

"I am honored by the opportunity to lead PIRE in its next phase of growth and success, building on the strong foundation already established and supported by our Board of Directors. Our remarkable staff continues to make significant contributions to prevention science around the world," said Murphy. "I look forward to enriching our core operations to ensure scientific and programmatic integrity, advancing the application of science to practice, and moving ahead with our renewed commitment to accomplish our mission by strategically aligning Institute investments."

Dr. Murphy was chosen as a result of his exceptional leadership ability, vision, management skills, and expertise in the fields of public health and safety. Making the announcement, J. Price Foster, PhD., Chair of the Board, said, "Dr. Murphy has demonstrated calm, clear leadership throughout his career. His sound fiscal decisions, integrity and appreciation of PIRE's rich history and tradition combine to make him an excellent choice as President and CEO. We are confident that under Dr. Murphy's sustained leadership, PIRE will continue to make great strides in accomplishing the Institute's mission to promote, undertake, and evaluate activities, studies, and programs that improve individual and public health, welfare, and safety."

Dr. Murphy joined PIRE in 1995 and served as a Staff Director on the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007. Prior to his election as President and CEO, Dr. Murphy was the Project Director of PREVENT, the Navy's alcohol and drug prevention class for young sailors. Over one million sailors have attended PREVENT classes in 47 locations worldwide. Prior to joining PIRE, Dr. Murphy was the Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor for mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs in Arlington County, Va. and the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Murphy earned his Ph.D. in Counseling from The Catholic University of America (1981), and Masters degrees in Education from the University of Maryland (1978) and Salisbury State University (1975). He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia since 1982. He has served on the faculty of Trinity College, Catholic University, Salisbury State University and the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies and served as a Clinical Consultant to the Navy and Marines Alcohol and Drug Programs.

About PIRE

PIRE is one of the nation's preeminent independent, nonprofit organizations merging scientific knowledge and proven practice to improve the health and safety of communities around the world. PIRE conducts research, evaluation and provides training and technical assistance on a wide range of public health and safety issues.