Lt. Gov. Tim Murray honored at Becker College as he prepares to resign

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May 29, 2013, 5:55 pm
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(NECN: Mike Cronin) - Starting next week, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray will no longer hold that title. He’s preparing to officially resign his post and start his new job as chief executive of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

On Wednesday, Murray was recognized for his years of service at a ceremony at Becker College where he received Becker College’s President's Medal, the school's second highest honor.

“Very rare honor. We've only given out four of them, so it's pretty rare,” says Becker College President Robert Johnson, who says the award recognizes Murray for helping to establish the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute or MassDigi. The state-sponsored organization promotes growth in the video games industry.

“And the great ideas that students are working on today would not be happening were it not for Tim Murray,” he says.

Wednesday was Murray's last scheduled event in Worcester as lieutenant governor, but he says he'll continue to work with MassDigi in his new job as president of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Small companies become big companies in many instances and that's what we're going to be focusing on but in a little different way,” Murray says.

The Lt. Governor also helped kick off Becker's second annual MassDigi summer innovation program; 21 students from across northeast colleges will live at Becker for the summer while developing games. At the end of the 11-week program, MassDigi says some of the games will be ready for commercial launch.

“They're going to do the artwork for it, they're going to do the programming, they're gonna learn the business model and they're really trying to put together a product for the end of the summer,” says Managing Director Monty Sharma.

She says the project gives students great experience to prepare them for the workforce but that it also has real world implications.  

“So somebody said, ‘hey, look to deal with the early onset of Alzheimer's. People need games that exercise these functions.’ Now, it’s up to the students to figure out what these games are,” Sharma says.

“Digital and video gaming design is a multi-billion dollar industry,” Murray says. “The fact that we have a growing cluster here in Massachusetts and here in central Mass. is incredibly important for the state and for the region.”

Tags: Becker College, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, Robert Johnson, mike cronin, MassDigi, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, becker college president’s medal, monty sharma
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