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Dr. Maureen Murphy resigns as Brookdale President

Friday, March 17, 2017 13:10
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For the third time in seven years, Brookdale Community College
is looking for a new president.

Dr. Maureen Murphy resigned today, effective June 30.  She
will become president of College of Southern Maryland effective
July 1.

Murphy took the helm of Brookdale in 2012 when she replaced
interim President William M. Toms.  Toms led the college
after Peter Burnham, who had been president for about 20 years,
resigned in March of 2011 due a scandal over his padding his
expense reports and a student loan for his son.

In 2015, Murphy was a finalist for the presidency of "nofollow" href=
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reasons,” according to The Asbury Park
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As short as her tenure, with one foot out the door, has been,
Murphy’s time at Brookdale was one of accomplishment.
 According to College of Southern Maryland’s announcement of
her hiring,

While at Brookdale, Murphy developed four early college high
school programs, launched the Asbury Park College Promise program
for free tuition for all qualified graduates and directed recovery
efforts after Hurricane Sandy to have the college operational
within two and a half weeks.  Additionally, after significant
funding declines, she realigned the college to focus more sharply
on local workforce needs and economic development. She founded the
Poseidon Early College High School, a first in New Jersey, which
allows first-generation students the opportunity to earn an
associate degree concurrent with their high school studies.
Further, this initiative was funded with a $1 million gift, the
largest single gift in the college’s history. Murphy also
spearheaded the first Minority Male Conference, a collaboration
with the Panhellenic Council, to support the academic achievement
of minority male students, which received national recognition from
the Association of Community College Trustees.

Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of Murphy (and Toms) is the
restoration of integrity to Brookdale.

The Brookdale Board of Trustees should replace Murphy with a
qualified executive with deep ties to Monmouth County and a long
term commitment to the college’s future. The Board should resist
the temptation to delegate the search to a consultant/recruiter,
unless such consultant has deep ties to Monmouth County and a
commitment to Brookdale’s future.

The Board should not focus their search on members of the
American Association of Community Colleges, or like organizations.
 Rather, focus on leaders in the Monmouth County Community and
New Jersey academia.  Choose a president for whom the job will
be a vocation, not someone for whom it will be a stepping stone.
 They should be willing to take the risk to consider hiring an
accomplished leader in business or government, not just academic


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