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Metro State announces Ann Murphy as new dean of the School of Business


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: April 28, 2011



(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Vicki L. Golich has announced Ann Murphy as the new dean of the School of Business, effective June 1, 2011.


“Dr. Murphy’s numerous qualifications, including her history of excellent contributions to Metro State, have led to my decision to offer her the position of dean, and she has graciously accepted,” says Golich. “This is a very significant step for Metro State, the selection of one of our three deans who will help lead the College into the future.”

Murphy, who currently serves as associate dean of the College’s School of Business, has been at Metro State since 1997 as a professor of accounting.  She assumed the role of associate dean in 2007. She has a B.A. in accounting and computer science from Boston College, an MBA from the University of Nevada, and a Ph.D. in business with a major in accounting from the University of Arkansas.

Murphy has extensive experience in the business world, including as a budget and financial analyst and an accounting and treasury manager at Salomon/North American, Inc. and as a controller at Trammel Crow Company.  She has received awards for teaching including the Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Teaching Award in the School of Business for the 1998-1999 academic year.

“I’m excited about continuing the College’s initiatives and the work Dean Cochran has started in the School of Business,” says Murphy. “I look forward to pursuing business school accreditation, while also enhancing our outreach effort in the regional business community to ensure curriculum remains current for students and relevant to employers." 

Murphy has established a significant record of service to and partnerships with the business community and nonprofit social-service agencies. She currently is a board trustee for the Colorado Cancer Research Project and a board director for Clinica Tepeyac. Previously she has supported Colorado Aids Project in several capacities.
Golich says, “My selection follows a nearly one-year search effort by the College, from the announcing of the position, to applications by several well-qualified candidates.”

Murphy replaces John Cochran (’78, economics), the current dean and tenured economics professor who has served in the role since 2004 and been with the College since 1981. He will retire as dean on May 31, 2011 and will return to teach in the fall.

Metro State President Stephen Jordan says the College is experiencing extraordinary growth in enrollment, record hiring of new faculty and unprecedented advancement in college-wide initiatives. “Dr. Murphy will help the School of Business meet the challenges it faces, fashion its future direction and further realize its great potential,” he says.

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 69,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.