Vernon Murray is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the School of Management at Marist. He studied at Queens College for his undergraduate degree in Sociology, Michigan State for his MBA, the University of Alabama for his Ph.D. He enjoys the marketing program at Marist because of students’ passion for the subject matter.
Where are you originally from?
I mainly grew up in Jamaica, Queens.
Do you have any interesting hobbies?
I love outdoorsy stuff like hiking and kayaking. I think that’s just in you from a young age. I was fascinated with the Boy Scouts growing up because my older brother was one and then I became one too and I loved all of it. If you look on my door, that’s a picture of me hiking alone in Alaska.
What piqued your interest in marketing?
I enjoyed the marketing classes I took in my MBA program. I was a hotel management major but I really liked the marketing classes. For my Ph.D. program, I started with a focus on organizational behavior but then switched to marketing because I figured that would be more relevant to my long-term business goals. But what I really liked about marketing is that you can apply it anywhere. If you want to help get a politician elected, you use marketing. If you want to help people have better health, you use marketing. If you want people to eat more pizza or drink more beer, it’s all marketing. Religion, politics, basic services, everything is marketing. I like its flexibility.
What do you like about teaching marketing at Marist, particularly?
When students eyes light up. I don’t think that’s unique to my department, I think that’s pretty common for the Marist faculty. We talk about how there’s nothing more exciting than when you get a class of students who are really feeling it and their eyes light up and you just know they get it. It makes you feel good. I also really love running into former students. When they’re happy to see you and so thankful for what you taught them, it’s really humbling.
Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Basically, when you go to college, it’s like your first step into the adult world. So my advice is to read books that you don’t have to read and explore things that your parents might find objectionable. You have to figure out if you’re an extension of your parents or if you’re someone different. And the only way to know that is to explore. And you may find that you are just like them, and that’s completely fine, but this is the time to figure that out and explore your options.
Written by Shannon Donohue '17
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Academic School: Management
Campus: New York