The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education has announced that after 20 years of service, Joseph B. Murdoch has retired from the funds’ board of directors. Murdoch is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.), where he served as the chairman of the electrical engineering department and developed the department’s lighting program. Murdoch is a fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and a past president of the organization. He has authored several books and 35 papers on lighting and also helped to develop the IES’s biannual Teachers of Lighting Workshop. 

Filling the vacant board position will be lighting designer Glenn Shrum, principal of Baltimore-based Flux Studio, and an assistant professor of lighting design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York. Shrum is a past Nuckolls Fund grant recipient. While teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art (2004-2008), he received a $20,000 Nuckolls Fund grant to develop the curriculum for a four-year introductory lighting program. His course, titled “Lighting Concepts and Applications”, was part of the undergraduate program in the environmental design department. A member of the IES and the International Association of Lighting Designers, Shrum is a frequent speaker at lighting conferences where he has presented on the topic of light art. 

The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education was established in 1989 in honor of the late lighting designer and educator, James L. Nuckolls. The fund’s board of directors is composed of 12 individuals who serve a minimum of one, three-year term. Board members can serve multiple terms. Candidates are nominated jointly by the board from all avenues of the lighting industry including education, sales, communications, manufacturing, and design. To date, The Nuckolls Fund has awarded a total of $845,000 for the advancement of lighting education in North America. Further information about the fund and its activities is available at

Glenn Shrum
Courtesy of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education Glenn Shrum
Joseph B. Murdoch
Courtesy of the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education Joseph B. Murdoch