Dr. Harvey L. McMurray received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, a Masters Degree in Urban Studies at Howard University and his doctorate degree in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. A former Washington, D.C. police officer in the early 1970s, Dr. McMurray arrived at NCCU in August, 1987. His research areas include community policing, homeland security concerns, comparative criminal justice, and community change. He is a 1998-1999 Senior Fulbright Scholar and was assigned to the Sociology Department at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. His tenure at Makerere included several speaking engagements throughout Uganda and South Africa. He served as a senior consultant for the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI). Dr. McMurray attended the Ordinary Meeting of UNAFRI's Governing Board in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 2003, to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding between UNAFRI and North Carolina Central University. He traveled to Uganda in an advisory capacity at the request of the Uganda Prisons Service in 2006 and 2009.
He has served NCCU in a variety of capacities to include: Past Chair (2004-2015), Department of Criminal Justice; Chair, North Carolina Consortium on Undergraduate Research. Dr. McMurray received the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in May 2004; this is the highest award for teaching in the University of North Carolina system. Dr. McMurray was appointed by Governor Beverly Purdue to the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission. He was also appointed by President Erskine Bowles to represent the University of North Carolina on the StreetSafe Task Force. Dr. McMurray has several publications and is known for his grantsmanship. He has received several grants over the years in excess of $2.5 million, including approximately $1,000,000 from the US Department of Homeland Security in collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University. Under Dr. McMurray's leadership the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development was established in October 2005 as a unit within the Department of Criminal Justice. Dr. McMurray served as Chair, Faculty Senate, 2013-2015.