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Tara Benedict

Tara Benedict

Senior Program Director

Tara Benedict facilitates the programs for visitors to Harvard University of all levels, from academic delegations from foreign universities to high-profile individuals brought to campus by Harvard departments and student organizations. She also oversees various administrative functions of the Marshal's Office. Tara first joined the Marshal's Office staff in the fall of 2006.  Following a brief tenure in the Office of the Executive Vice President, Tara returned to the Marshal's Office as Senior Program Director in May of 2010.  She began her career in higher education administration in 2002 at Boston University, first with the Office of Human Resources, then with the School of Management, before crossing the river in 2005 to take a position at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Tara has a Master's of Higher Education Administration from Boston University, and a B.A. in History from Cornell University. She is a member of Harvard's Board of Freshman Advisers and the Arts First Committee, and serves as a Cornell Alumni Ambassador in the Belmont-Lexington-Arlington area. 

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Keneisha Murphy

Keneisha Murphy

Administrative/ Program Coordinator

Keneisha Murphy manages the gift inventory and delegates program for the Marshal’s Office. She also performs various administrative functions supporting the University Marshal, Jackie O’Neill and Senior Program Director, Tara Benedict. Keneisha first came to Harvard University in February 2006 as Staff Coordinator supporting University Housing, where she provided services for faculty, staff and graduate students. She has also supported various departments under the Campus Services module. During her career at Harvard, she has completed Harvard’s own Leadership Development Program and a number of management development and business operating systems courses. Keneisha has orchestrated many training sessions, social gatherings and travel itineraries. She currently holds an AA in Computer Information Systems and is pursuing an ALB in psychology at the Harvard Extension School. She is an active mentor in her community through Big Sister Association and serves as a trustee member at her local church.

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