A Letter from the President

Dr. Harper

“What an incredible time it is here at McMurry University. As we continue celebrating our upcoming Centennial, this past semester led to some truly special moments that will live on in McMurry history long after all of us have ended our service for this institution.”

It all began in late January, with the reveal of the McMurry 100 and our All-Century athletic teams. This event at the historic Paramount Theatre served to elevate the stature of McMurry in the Abilene community and remind us all that we belong to a legacy of great figures who have once graced our school’s campus or donated their time and money to help us continue to thrive.

Our 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Awards luncheon in March was a resounding success. We invited Sheryl Swoopes, four-time WNBA champion (and first-ever draftee into the league) to speak to our young women leaders about what it takes to rise above adversity and become a champion of your chosen industry. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

Finally, our 99th academic year closed with one of the largest graduating classes in McMurry’s history — a fitting end to a whirlwind semester of celebrating McMurry pride.

We’re not done yet, though! Our Centennial celebration officially caps off in the fall with the arrival of the 2023-2024 student body, and we have many events planned to ensure both our students and the city of Abilene are well aware of what a big deal this is for McMurry University.

You’ve likely noticed that the format of this summer edition of The Messenger is a bit different — it’s our first digital-only issue. You’ll find all the same great stories and news that you’ve come to love from the The Messenger in a convenient and universally accessible format, not to mention added interactive features including embedded videos and slideshows. 

Going forward, we plan to publish one print issue and one digital-only issue each year. The Fall 2023 Messenger will be an extra special print issue, where we’ll be taking you on a tour through McMurry’s history, numbering 100 people, places, and things that have shaped McMurry throughout the last 100 years.

Thank you so much for devoting your time to reading through this digital edition of Messenger!

Ala Cumba!