Mur­phy new CSM pres­i­dent

Will of­fi­cially take of­fice July 1

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s fu­ture pres­i­dent said she’s look­ing for­ward to as­sum­ing her new du­ties July 1.

“I’m re­ally very ex­cited about it,” said Mau­reen Mur­phy, pres­i­dent of Brook­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Mon­mouth County, N.J., dur­ing a phone in­ter­view. “I think it’s re­ally amaz­ing there

is a col­lege this vi­brant and strong and the whole world isn’t sing­ing about it; we should be, we re­ally should be.”

Last week, CSM an­nounced that Mur­phy had been se­lected as the col­lege’s fifth pres­i­dent, re­plac­ing Bradley Got­tfried, who an­nounced in Septem­ber that he would re­tire at the end of the school year af­ter 10 years at CSM’s helm.

Mur­phy is no stranger to com­mu­nity col­leges, hav­ing be­gun her ca­reer as an English pro­fes­sor at St. Louis Com­mu­nity Col­lege-Mer­amec in Mis­souri. Prior to tak­ing the helm at Brook­dale in 2012, Mur­phy served as pres­i­dent of San Jac­into Col­lege South in Hous­ton and vice pres­i­dent at Rap­pa­han­nock Com­mu­nity Col­lege and Wytheville Com­mu­nity Col­lege, both in Vir­ginia.

“I be­lieve that com­mu­nity col­leges are so­cial jus­tice through ed­u­ca­tion; it’s very, very pow­er­ful,” Mur­phy said. “These are col­leges that are de­signed to be nim­ble in meet­ing com­mu­nity needs.”

Brook­dale is a 13,000-stu­dent com­mu­nity col­lege that pri­mar­ily serves Mon­mouth County res­i­dents at its 220-acre main cam­pus in Mid­dle­town, in ad­di­tion to five re­gional cam­puses scat­tered through­out the county, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

As Brook­dale’s first fe­male pres­i­dent, Mur­phy founded the Po­sei­don Early Col­lege High School, which gives first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to work to­wards an as­so­ciate’s de­gree while con­tin­u­ing their high school ed­u­ca­tion. She also launched a pro­gram to pro­vide free col­lege tuition to all qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants and di­rected re­cov­ery ef­forts af­ter the col­lege was hit by Hur­ri­cane Sandy in 2012 to have the cam­pus op­er­a­tional af­ter two and a half weeks, ac­cord­ing to a CSM news re­lease.

CSM, founded in 1958, has a stu­dent pop­u­la­tion of more than 24,000 credit and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents spread out be­tween three cam­puses in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s coun­ties. A fourth cam­pus, the Re­gional Hugh­esville Cam­pus, opens this year with the new Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for me to make a dif­fer­ence in a very di­verse com­mu­nity,” Mur­phy said. “One of the things that was par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing to me is the col­lege’s con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity; it’s a very pal­pa­ble con­nec­tion.”

Fol­low­ing Got­tfried’s an­nounce­ment of his re­tire­ment, the CSM Board of Trustees ap­pointed a search com­mit­tee in Septem­ber, chaired by trustee Michael L. Mid­dle­ton and com­prised of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the board, the CSM Foun­da­tion, fac­ulty, alumni and the La Plata, Leonard­town and Prince Fred­er­ick cam­puses.

The com­mit­tee reviewed more than 40 ap­pli­ca­tions and se­lected three fi­nal­ists. Two of those fi­nal­ists par­tic­i­pated in site vis­its at the col­lege last month and toured all four cam­puses, meet­ing with col­lege lead­er­ship, fac­ulty, stu­dents and staff and par­tic­i­pat­ing in fo­rums at each of the cam­puses, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

Dorothea Smith, chair­woman of the board of trustees, said it was im­por­tant to have a new pres­i­dent who would honor the unique cul­ture of the three South­ern Mary­land coun­ties and the tra­di­tions of the col­lege as well as hav­ing an eye to­wards the fu­ture.

“Her goals align with our goals, mission, vi­sion and val­ues,” Smith said of Mur­phy. “She’s very vi­sion­ary and very in­no­va­tive. She has ex­pe­ri­ence in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of a multi-cam­pus col­lege … She be­lieves in di­ver­sity, in­clu­sion — all the qual­i­ties that we want to build on are there.”

Mur­phy of­fi­cially be­comes CSM pres­i­dent July 1.

“My first role, and most im­por­tant role, is to learn about the col­lege and its com­mu­nity, and see how the col­lege func­tions,” Mur­phy said. “I’m go­ing to have a learn­ing curve in the be­gin­ning, and I’m look­ing for ward to that, I re­ally am.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF COL­LEGE OF SOUTH­ERN MARY­LAND

Mau­reen Mur­phy was se­lected to lead the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land as its fifth pres­i­dent be­gin­ning July 1.

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