Steven Murdock
Steven Murdock

Bush nominates UTSA professor for census director

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(June 19, 2007)--The White House announced June 18 President Bush's nomination of UTSA's Steven H. Murdock as director of the census at the Department of Commerce. Murdock is director of the UTSA Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research (IDSR) and the official state demographer of Texas.

A nationally respected demographer, Murdock joined the UTSA faculty in January 2004 as the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Management Science and Statistics in the College of Business and created the IDSR.

"This is a great opportunity for Dr. Murdock, and UTSA is fortunate to have been the recipient of his service during the past four years," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "As one of the nation's most distinguished scholars in demography and sociology, he will bring tremendous talent to the Census Bureau. UTSA supports his nomination and wishes him the best of success."

Previously, Murdock served as Regents Professor in the Department of Rural Sociology at Texas A&M University. He earned a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in demography and sociology from the University of Kentucky.

He is the author of 11 books and more than 150 articles and technical reports on the implications of demographic and socioeconomic change. Among his publications are "America Challenged: Population Change and the Future of the United States" and "The Texas Challenge: Population Change and the Future of Texas."


Read the White House news release on the Murdock nomination.

Read a New York Times story on the Murdock nomination.

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