The Reverend President

Murray-5thRev. Ephriam Clark Murray was a well-known minister in South Carolina when the trustees named him PC’s fifth president. Rev. Murray had served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Summerville, SC. He authored The Pastor’s Bible, which is available in the Founder’s Library in the PC Archives.

Rev. Murray hoped to bring the college under the control of the Synod of South Carolina during his presidency. Much had been accomplished in the fifteen years since the college’s founding, but increased patronage and support were now vitally needed, according to Ben Hay Hammet’s The Spirit of PC. The relationship with the Synod had advanced somewhat, but the Synod was not ready to establish an official tie to the college.

After stepping down from the presidency, Rev. Murray served numerous churches in North Carolina before retiring from the ministry in 1927. He died in 1930 in Saint Pauls, North Carolina.

Source: Information provided by PC Archives