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San Jacinto College
News Release
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Murphy leaving San Jacinto College South for New Jersey post

HOUSTON – After five years as San Jacinto College (SJC) South President, Dr. Maureen Murphy is leaving the position to return to her roots and become president of Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

“This was a bittersweet decision,” said Dr. Murphy. “I am thankful to have worked with truly outstanding faculty and staff. San Jacinto College has achieved much in its efforts to promote student success, and I am grateful to have had this opportunity.”

During her tenure, the SJC South Campus has seen an enrollment growth of nearly 28 percent, from 8,742 students in Fall 2007 to 11,129 students in Fall 2011. Dr. Murphy has worked diligently on partnerships with the Pasadena, Clear Creek, and Pearland Independent School Districts, and she was instrumental in the development and operations of the Clear Horizons Early College High School, which opened in 2007 on the SJC South Campus.

Her leadership has also been evident in the challenges the campus has faced with construction related to the 2008 bond referendum. Through the challenges, Dr. Murphy has built solid relationships with the community, the City of Houston, and others, and construction is moving forward. The first new building from the 2008 bond referendum at the South Campus, the Welcome Center, is set to open in May.

“I appreciate Maureen’s service to San Jacinto College, the community, and our students,” said SJC Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “During her time here, she has shown incredible dedication to the faculty, staff, and students on the South Campus and across the College. This is the next step for her in her career, and all of us at San Jacinto College thank her and wish her the best.”

Dr. Murphy has created a vibrant atmosphere on the South Campus, and saw both of the South Campus athletic teams rise to new heights in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). In the Spring of 2008, the softball team advanced to the national tournament for the first time in school history, finishing fourth in the nation. Later that year, the men’s soccer team finished as the national runner-up. Dr. Murphy was also instrumental in bringing the Houston Spanish Flamenco Festival, a unique partnership with the Consul General of Spain, to the South Campus, and was proud to see the South Campus Community Choir earn a trip to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2011.

Other accomplishments include her work with the instructional recovery following Hurricane Ike in 2008. That work involved a collaborative effort across the College, and helped San Jacinto College earn its reaffirmation of its 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). That work was the foundation of the College’s Instructional Continuity Plan and has been integrated into College operations.

In 2010, the South Belt Chamber of Commerce selected the San Jacinto College South Campus as its business of the year. This is another tribute to Dr. Murphy’s leadership and dedication to the South Campus faculty and staff in serving the community.

Dr. Murphy will continue in her current role of President at the San Jacinto College South Campus through June 22, 2012.

Dr. Murphy came to San Jacinto College South in 2007 from Rappahannock Community College in Virginia, where she was a vice president of instruction and student development. She previously held a similar position at Wytheville Community College, also in Virginia. Before that, she served as dean and English faculty at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. She holds 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.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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