NEWERA Announces Jerry Murphy as Executive Director

NEWERA is pleased to announce the hiring of Jerry Murphy as its new Executive Director.  Murphy comes to the position after a 13-year tenure as the Executive Director of the New North organization.

Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEWERA) is a regional working collaboration among the senior leadership of six public colleges and universities and the College of the Menominee Nation in Northeast Wisconsin.  The organization was formed in 2000 as a strategic response to the need for creative and responsive support for the talent development needs of the regional economy.  

Bonnie Baerwald, current Chair of NEWERA and President of Moraine Park Technical College, in making the announcement said of Murphy:

“Jerry brings a wealth of experience to the Director’s role and a resourceful network of connections across the range of talent and economic development resources and business leadership in Wisconsin. We very much look forward to his leadership in implementing our strategic priorities.”

Murphy began his new role on January 6th, 2020.

“The speed of change in today’s economy and the increasing demand for talent requires a collaborative approach among higher-education institutions,” says Murphy. “NEWERA has been at this work for 20 years, whereas other regions have just begun to realize the power of collaborative strategies among peers. The key is being adept at elevating the unique strengths of the individual member campuses, while also creating value and strategic scale for those opportunities that can only be accomplished with all campuses working together.”

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