Maureen Murphy, president of Brookdale Community College, began her career as an English faculty member at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, and thought she’d teach until retirement. An interim appointment as an academic dean at SLCC became a permanent appointment, thus beginning a career in administration.
Murphy came to Brookdale from San Jacinto College South in Houston, Texas, where she served as president. Previously she worked at Rappahannock Community College in Virginia, where she was a vice president of instruction and student development. She held a similar position at Wytheville Community College, also in Virginia.
Throughout her career, Murphy has distinguished herself in developing educational partnerships and championing educational innovation. Her experience includes strategic planning, overseeing accreditation, implementing master plans, developing grants, and most importantly, helping people develop to reach their fullest potential.
Murphy is committed to service. On the local level she has served on the board of several chambers of commerce, and has been active in Rotary and historic preservation. On a national level, she is president of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, is a Commissioner on the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, and is an advisory board member of the Higher Education Research and Development Institute. Her most significant accomplishment at San Jacinto College was leading the instructional recovery effort after Hurricane Ike.
Murphy received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Saint Louis University.
A lifelong learner, Murphy enjoys reading, fine and performing arts of all types, and travel.