Murphy was the vice president for academic affairs at Air University in Alabama for the past eight years. He was elected to serve on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, the regional accrediting body for institutes of higher education, and currently serves on its appeals committee.
In prior years, Murphy was founding dean of the School of Business at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He was also founding director of the graduate program in organizational leadership and chair of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. Murphy served as a professor of military science and director of the Army Officer Education Program at Vanderbilt University. Before that, he taught leadership as an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Murphy, a retired lieutenant colonel, spent 23 years in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany, Panama and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He also earned a Master of Arts from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Doctorate in Education from Vanderbilt University.
Murphy has one daughter and one granddaughter, and is married to retired U.S. Army Col. Jeanne Picariello Murphy, a former intercollegiate and international athlete who serves on the U.S. Olympic Committee.