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Murray State College names Te’a Elliot-Fox as retention coordinator

March 02, 2020


Murray State College has hired Te’a Elliot-Fox to serve as its student retention coordinator.  She will serve as part of the Student Success Center staff which is housed in the Tishomingo campus library.

Elliot-Fox graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Native American Studies and Environmental Science.  She is a graduate of Tishomingo High School who began her college-level academic studies by taking concurrent classes at Murray while still in high school.

She says her time at MSC offered a firm academic foundation and allowed her to complete the majority of basic classes early, freeing her up to pursue specific interests at OU.

“For me, Murray was such a great stepping stone to bigger things.  I couldn’t have pursued so much at OU without the help of Murray,” said Elliot-Fox.

While at OU, she joined the university’s competitive rowing team and quickly earned an athletic scholarship.  The scholarship allowed her to spend four years traveling across the U.S. for team competitions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Te’a back to Tishomingo.  She has a diverse background and great educational and life experiences that will benefit our students.  She will help students stay on track for graduation and focus on the future,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

Following graduation from OU in May 2019, and prior to joining the staff at Murray State, Elliot-Fox worked for Alaska Wildland Adventures leading salmon fishing and other tours in the Alaska Wilderness.  She is originally from Alaska and has family in both Alaska and Oklahoma.

After returning to Oklahoma, Elliot-Fox was drawn to her new position with the goal of helping students succeed in college and beyond.  For more information on student retention efforts and resources available at Murray State College, Elliot-Fox may be reached at or in the MSC Library in Tishomingo.