Bio

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I’ve been in a college classroom for 32 years teaching just about every conceivable higher education cohort there is, from adult learners to traditional college students, athletes in intercollegiate competition, and inmates within New York State correctional facilities.

In addition to teaching within my academic discipline, I’ve coached basketball on the varsity high school, NJCAA Div. III, and NCAA Div. III levels. I also taught Social/Ballroom dancing professionally (that’s how I made money to pay for grad school), and I spent my under grad college summers as a life guard and Red Cross Swimming Instructor. To say teaching is in my blood may be a bit of an understatement!

Currently I’m the Executive Director of Organizational Development at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). In that role I create, implement and oversee programs aimed at the development of a vibrant culture of personal and professional enrichment that reinforces organizational goals focused around student success and empowerment. I’m also directly involved in mentoring faculty and staff on pedagogical, motivational, and leadership issues at MVCC, at community college campuses throughout America, at national educational conferences, and to public and corporate audiences (hense this website).

I have an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Camden County Community College, NJ, a BA from the University of Massachusetts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Secondary Education, and an MA in Political Science from Villanova University, PA.

For flat out fun my first love was basketball. Once it became clear after high school that a career in the NBA was not in my future, I became an endurance athlete finding joy in running, biking, cross country skiing, hiking and mountaineering; often accompanied by my canine crew (all rescues), Scout, Wags, Winston, and Stella. My other outdoor passion is fly fishing for trout in pristine high-elevation back-country streams in beautiful mountainous areas of the country.

At the center of it all for me is my family. My lifelong companion is my wife, soul mate, dance and hiking partner, and best girlfriend ever, Marilyn. Although the good Dr. Murphy has a thriving practice as a clinical psychologist, she still manages to accompany me on some of my professional travel adventures. We also have three grown children Erin (in the Annapolis, MD area), David (in various Western European countries), and Daniel (in New York City). We love spending time with them when we can!