Dr. Daniel J. Hurley, CEO
Daniel Hurley is the CEO of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, which serves as the coordinating board for the state’s 15 public universities. He is returning to the Council where he served from 2003-2007 as its director of university relations. From 2007-2015, Hurley served as the associate vice president for government relations and state policy for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, based in Washington, D.C. The association represents more than 420 public universities throughout the U.S. In that role, he provided analysis, commentary and advocacy on a broad range of public policy issues affecting higher education at the campus, system, state and national level.
Hurley serves as a resource to several higher education and state policy organizations, as well as state and national media. His perspective has been cited in such outlets as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Detroit News and C-SPAN, as well as the higher education publications The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.
He has received a Ph.D. in public administration from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in career and technical education from Ferris State University, and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Grand Valley State University. He has served as an adjunct professor for all three of his alma maters, as well as George Mason University (VA) and George Washington University (D.C.), teaching in the fields of communications, educational leadership, higher education finance and public policy.
He is married to Jana Hurley, who serves as the assistant vice president for university life at George Mason University. They have a son, Jameson, age 9, and reside in Okemos.
Mr. Robert Murphy, Director of University Relations and Policy
Bob Murphy joined the Presidents Council in July, 2015 as its Director of University Relations and Policy. In this role, he manages a broad portfolio of programs and initiatives, convenes stakeholder groups, and promotes effective policy for the state’s public universities. He partners with state officials and a multitude of other organizations on higher education public policy, especially data and finance issues, and also provides strategic communications services to the member universities and other stakeholders.
Murphy was previously with the State Budget Office of Michigan from 2008 – 2015, having served most recently as the senior analyst for higher education, providing coordination and policy development for the state’s community colleges and public universities. He provided consultation to the governor and state budget director on higher education issues as well as proffered prospective policy solutions, and testified before the Michigan Legislature on behalf of the administration.
He has earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Michigan State University. He lives in Old Town, Lansing with his partner, Nicole.
Ms. Robyn Cline, Executive Assistant
Robyn is the office's most senior professional, having served eighteen years as executive assistant. Robyn assumes responsibility for coordinating and managing the executive office operations, composing correspondence, compiling reports and preparing communication. Robyn also updates the Presidents Council website.
Prior to joining the President’s Council she served in secretarial capacities in both the public and non-profit sector. She has a master’s degree in Family Life Education from Western Michigan University and a BA in business management from Davenport University