Richard R. Murray

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Richard R. Murray (born February 3, 1956 in Bay City, Michigan) is the founder of Equity Schools Inc. and has extensive experience in education and real estate. He is most recognized for his solutions involving school formation, operations, and capital finance.


Richard Murray is an inventor of school operating models and a developer of school facilities. Murray's most notable work was the invention of the school model upon which Cristo Rey Jesuit High School of Chicago is based.[1] Cristo Rey is an urban, college preparatory school for low-income students that features an internship program in which students work one day per week in professional, entry-level positions in Chicago’s central business district. Many media have featured the school including the television news program "60 Minutes",[2] national publication Newsweek,[3] and a book about the school’s development.[4] 25 other schools in the United States have been based on this model,[5] also known as the Equity School model. Many of these schools are affiliated with the Cristo Rey Network[6] which promotes and supports replication of the model. He has a patent pending on the model as a business method, including applications as charter schools.

He also is known for creating the public-private operating model in 2005 used by Wartburg College and Waverly, Iowa, for the wellness center there known as “the W,” one of the largest NCAA Division III centers in the country.[7] In 2007 Murray invented another high school operating model for The Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, providing that college preparatory high school for low-income students with the means to develop a new campus.[citation needed]

Early Years and Education[edit]

Murray was born in Bay City, Michigan, in 1956. He developed his interest in and philosophy of school development while attending The Roeper School, where he was influenced by George Roeper’s views on education and human rights. His education includes The University of Michigan, (B.A.), and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (J.D.) with additional legal studies at London School of Economics and University of Salzburg. He has taught at the high school, undergraduate college, and graduate levels.

Human Rights[edit]

Murray’s views on human rights led to his activism with helping develop a refugee center for Chicago’s Bosnian community during the mid-1990s[citation needed], publishing the article "Compensating the World's Landmine Victims: Legal Liability and Anti-Personnel Landmine Producers"[8] and taking roles with the American Refugee Committee, the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law, and Human Rights Watch.


  1. ^ Kearney, G. R. (2008). More than a dream: the Cristo Rey story: how one school's vision is changing the world. Chicago, Illinois: Loyola Press. pp. 76–87, 100–102, 107–110. ISBN 978-0-8294-2576-5. 
  2. ^ Vicki Mabrey (October 27, 2004). The School That Works (television production). New York City, New York: CBS Broadcasting. 
  3. ^ Kantrowitz, Barbara; Springen, Karen (December 25, 2006), "Education: The Rev. John Foley" (PDF), Newsweek, retrieved August 25, 2012 
  4. ^ Kearney, G.R. (January 1, 2008). More Than a Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press. ISBN 0829425764. 
  5. ^ Cristo Rey Network: Schools, 2011 
  6. ^ "Cristo Rey Network". Cristo Rey Network. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Facilities and Policies". Wartburg College - The W. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ Murray, Richard R.; Fabian, Kelley L. (2003), ") "Compensating the World's Landmine Victims: Legal Liability and Anti-Personnel Landmine Producers"", Seton Hall Law Review, 33 (2), archived from the original on November 2011 

External links[edit]

Equity Schools website