District 55’s Ed Murray Becoming Superintendent in Washington

Laurens County School District 55 Chief of Staff Ed Murray has been named as Superintendent of a school district in Washington State. Effective July 1st, Murray is the new superintendent of the Lopez Island School District for Lopez Island, Washington, one of the San Juan Islands in northern Puget Sound. This brings Ed Murry and his wife, Joey, close to her parents in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Murray started his 35-year career in education as a financial aid administrator and school director for vocational schools. The transition to public education took place in 1999 when the high school Murray’s son (Richard) attended was in desperate need of math and science teachers. He began teaching physics in Gault, California. Ed Murray later taught school here in South Carolina at Richland School District One of Columbia and Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five in Orangeburg.

While in Orangeburg, Murray transitioned into school administration. He served as the assistant principal at North Middle-High School and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. When the Laurens County District 55 School Board selected his principal at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Dr. Stephen Peters, to serve for School District 55, Peters asked Murray to join him. Ed Murray has served Laurens County School District #55 for the past five years as the Chief of Staff and Director of Personalized Learning and Public Relations. One of Murray’s signature accomplishments was overseeing the strategic planning process in 2018 to identify the district’s new mission and vision statements and assist the Board of Trustees in establishing specific goals and objectives for District 55’s future. Murray also served as the district athletic director for four years and is the District 2 President for the South Carolina Parent Teacher Association.

Murray has a B.A. in History from California State University, Sacramento. He later earned his Masters of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University, followed by another Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and his Superintendent Certification from the University of Texas at Arlington. Murray is now working toward an educational doctorate in Education Systems Improvement Science at Clemson University. He expects to complete this in the summer or fall of 2022.