CUMMING NAMES DEBBIE MURRAY AS DIRECTOR OF THE FIRM'S SAN DIEGO EDUCATION SECTOR

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June 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Cumming Corporation announced the hiring of Debbie Murray, a 20-year construction industry veteran, as Director of the company’s growing education sector practice in San Diego. The move is an indication of Cumming’s local strength and ongoing dedication to project and cost management for educational construction projects in the region.

 
Prior to joining Cumming, Murray served as Program Planning Coordinator for San Diego’s Grossmont Union High School District. The district serves more than 25,000 students and is comprised of nine high schools, two charter schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, four special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Regional Occupational Program (ROP), and an adult education program.
 
Murray also brings extensive experience in school expansions and renovations, including expertise in K-12 construction, program controls, budget and finance, educational program requirements, entitlement services, facility planning, general contracting, contract negotiation, risk mitigation, safety and quality management, and business unit start-up and development.
 
While at Grossmont, Murray successfully managed more than $75 million worth of public works projects and oversaw both the architectural design and construction side of the Proposition H program. She was also responsible for the development and implementation plan for the newly passed $417 million Proposition U bond program. The plan — called “Building a New Grossmont”, and for which Murray provided educational specifications, budgeting, and phasing — included modernization and new construction at various schools throughout the District, along with the construction of a new high school in the eastern part of the County. In addition, Murray was instrumental in securing a State Charter grant totaling $32.5M for one of the District’s oldest campuses. Cumming is currently providing project controls on the program.
 
“Cumming is delighted to have Debbie as part of our diverse and growing team here in San Diego,” says Peter Heald, Cumming’s Chief Operating Officer. “Her depth of K-12 expertise and strong relationships in the region make her an ideal candidate to lead our project management pursuits in the San Diego education market.”
 
“Cumming’s strong corporate culture, including their exceptional client focus and commitment to quality and integrity, drew me to the organization,” says Murray. “I view Cumming as one of the top project and cost consulting firms in the region and I am thrilled to be a part of the team.”
 
Murray is a member of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC), Downtown Partnerships, and she is active in the Associated General Contractors (AGC).