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Team-Orlando-simulation-Kristy-MurrayAfter serving as the Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative for four years, Dr. Kristy Murray is retiring as of Aug. 31, 2014. Previously she was the ADL Initiative’s Deputy Director and Director of the ADL Co-Lab in Orlando (Joint ADL Co-Lab). Her career with the Department of Defense spanned 26 years. Prior to coming to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Murray worked in various modeling and simulation, training and acquisition positions with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.

Murray led ADL through the evolution of its Next Generation Learning Environment, and she guided the conception of the Training and Learning Architecture (TLA), ensuring that its modular design can enable a rich environment for the future development of distance training and learning.

The rapid, widespread adoption of the Experience API (xAPI) specification, which will provide a means to integrate and track learning experiences, social media and other training technology platforms into the learning environment, is one of the many achievements for which Murray will be remembered by the ADL community.

During the last four years, the number of international ADL Partnership labs increased to 10 due in large part to Murray’s efforts to expand ADL’s vision and facilitate the mutual sharing of training resources and lessons learned. She also served as the co-chair and U. S. representative to the NATO Individual Training & Educational Development Task Group, confirming ADL’s global recognition as a leader for distributed training and education.

During Murray’s tenure as Director, the ADL Initiative was awarded the Federal Government Distance Learning Association’s prestigious 2013 Eagle Award in recognition of “outstanding leadership in serving the needs of the distance learning community.” Murray was also at the helm when ADL received several Elearning Magazine’s Learning! 100 Awards. This award is presented to the top 100 organizations that consistently provide outstanding learning and development programs, learning culture, and performance.

Within the Central Florida modeling and simulation community, Murray represented the ADL Initiative as an active member of the Team Orlando alliance of military organizations, government agencies, and academic and industry leaders. Her contributions and leadership will be missed.

As to her retirement plans, Murray says she looks forward to staying active within the community and continuing to be an advocate for accessible and effective training and education.

Dr. Paula Durlach, the current Deputy Director of the ADL Initiative, will serve as Acting Director until a new Director is appointed.

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