Nicholls State University President, Dr. Bruce Murphy

Dr. Bruce T. Murphy is the fifth president of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He is also a professor of educational leadership at Nicholls.

Prior to his current position, he served for eight and a half years as vice president for academic affairs at the Air Force’s Air University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Murphy has spent his entire career in the study, teaching and practice of leadership. He served in the U.S. Army completing both Parachutist and Ranger training and taught leadership at West Point. Following military service, Murphy taught for three years in the Department of Human and Organization Development at Vanderbilt University and was the founding director of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program and chair of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was also the founding dean of the School of Business and professor of management at Point Park University in Pittsburgh with departments of accounting, business management, public administration, and computer science and information technology.

Murphy 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. He is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management and the New Presidents Seminar at Harvard University.

Both President Murphy and his wife, Jeanne Murphy, are retired from the U.S. Army. They earned the rank of lieutenant colonel and colonel, respectively.