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Former ENR Masters Student is New Executive Director of MORPC

Jan. 14, 2013


The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has named William Murdock, AICP, as our new executive director. William currently serves as the chief of community services at the Ohio Development Services Agency.

As executive director, William will be responsible for carrying out MORPC’s mission, strategic goals, policies and programs. He will oversee the overall management of MORPC including structure, personnel, finance and the implementation of policies and programs. William will also represent the agency before a variety of government, business and stakeholder organizations across the region, state and nation.

William brings knowledge and expertise in the areas of community services, urban planning and redevelopment, which is critical as MORPC continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of the region. His focus on strengthening MORPC's core services, partnered with his experience, innovative spirit and integrity, will amplify the voices of our members and take our work to the next level.

In his role as the chief of community services at the Ohio Development Services Agency, William managed a $650 million budget and 180 employees. He also led the state’s community programs, incentives and investments with an emphasis on redevelopment, energy efficiency, infrastructure and services to individuals and communities in need.

From 2005 to 2008, William was deputy director of planning and development for the city of Gahanna where he led economic development incentives, urban planning, building and zoning services, code enforcement, and redevelopment projects for the city.

William, a Columbus native, holds several academic degrees including: a bachelor of arts in political science, a bachelor of science in economics, a master’s degree in city and regional planning and a master’s degree in science, parks, recreation and tourism administration from The Ohio State University. He also is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners, and an Economic Development Financial Professional from the National Development Council.    

This is an exciting time for MORPC! We look forward to William assuming his duties as executive director in Janaury 2013. There will be several meetings and events where you will have an opportunity to meet him. In the meantime, please contact us with any questions.


Marilyn Brown, MORPC Board Chair
Eric Phillips, MORPC Vice Chair
Matt Greeson, MORPC Secretary
Robert Lawler, Interim Executive Director