A Dayton veteran takes the Dayton VA’s helm


A former Dayton Veterans Affairs executive is returning to Dayton.

Mark Murdock,  former associate director of the Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC), has been named director, effective Feb. 16.

“We are excited to bring Mark home as the new director of the Dayton VAMC,” said RimaAnn Nelson, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 10 director. “Mark is an Air Force veteran and has a proven track record of success at medical centers across Ohio – including at the Dayton VAMC. His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets to the Dayton’s employees, volunteers, and — most importantly — to the veterans we are honored to serve.”

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Murdock became acting director of the Dayton VAMC in the spring of 2016 when Glenn Costie, then the Dayton director, temporarily took over the Cincinnati VA, which at the time was under scrutiny. Costie returned to Dayton in October 2016.

Murdock serves today as medical center director at the Cincinnati VAMC. He has served in the same role at the Chillicothe VAMC. Mark’s VA career has included assignments as health system specialist, surgical service in Dayton and as the program manager for VISN 10’s Tele-Nurse Triage program.

Murdock retired as a Medical Service Corps officer from the U.S. Air Force in 1999. During his Air Force career, Murdock was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Charleston AFB in South Carolina, Misawa AB, in Japan, and Aviano AB, Italy.

He is board certified in health-care administration by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in which he holds membership as a Fellow (FACHE) and is a member of the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders Forum (GOHLF), the VA said in an announcement Friday.

Murdock is a native of Sackets Harbor, N.Y.