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Murdock returns to A-B Tech to give commencement speech
May 24, 2012
Bill Murdock, co-founder and CEO of Eblen Charities and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise, credited A-B Tech for where he is today during commencement exercises May 12 in the Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville. More than 1,000 A-B Tech Community College students were recognized as candidates for degrees and diplomas.
Murdock graduated from A-B Tech in 1979 with a degree in Business Administration, after working in a service industry job for 18 months right out of high school. “I didn’t plan to college. I was unprepared after high school and it was my own fault,” he said.
Murdock, who lived with his grandparents, was urged by his grandfather to enroll at A-B Tech because everyone he hired went to the College. “My first test grade was a 70. After that, I almost dropped out but my grandfather said stick it out,” he said.
Murdock went on to be named the Outstanding Business Student of the Year at A-B Tech and served as editor of the College’s last yearbook. He later received a degree in education with a concentration in mathematics from Mars Hill College. He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government non-profit management program.
“I don’t know where your journey will take you,” Murdock told graduates. “Remember you have a great start from an amazing place. Don’t let people tell you your dreams and aspirations are unreachable.”
A-B Tech President Dr. Hank Dunn recognized four employees who were chosen for awards by their peers. English Instructor Lisa York was named Faculty Member of the Year and History Instructor Nina LaFerla was the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year. Machining Instructor Bruce McCurry was the College’s Continuing Education Instructor of the Year and Community Relations & Marketing Director Mona Cornwell was Staff Member of the Year.