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Mary Kathleen Connors Murphy, American college administrator, writer. Recipient Image Maker award Atlanta Professional Women's Directory, Inc., 1984; National Defense Education Act fellow, 1965-1966, Administration of Aging fellow, 1977-1979, Warwick award 1999, Martin Luther King Junior award Wrinnett County, 2000.


Murphy, Mary Kathleen Connors was born in 1938 in Pueblo, Colorado, United States. Daughter of Joseph Charles and Eileen E. (McDermott) Connors.


AB, Loretto Heights College, 1960. Master of Education, Emory University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Georgia State University, 1980.


Teacher English various public schools, Moultrie, Georgia, 1959, Sacramento, 1960, Marietta, Georgia, 1960-1965, DeKalb County, 1966. Technical writer Georgia Department Education, 1966-1969. Editorial assistant Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, 1969-1971.

Director alumni affairs The Lovett School, 1972-1975, director publications and information service, 1975-1977. Coordinator summer series in aging Georgia State University, 1979. Director development foundation relations Georgia Institute of Technology, 1980-1987, director development, 1987-1989.

Assistant director development for special gifts University Georgia, 1989-1991. Associate vice president for development Oglethorpe University, 1991-1999. Vice president for institutional advancement Morris Brown College, since 1999.

Adjunct professor leadership and organizations Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, since 1998. State coordinator for Georgia national identification program for women in higher education administration, American Council on Education, 1983-1985. Presenter professional conferences.

Freelance education writer, since 1968.



Principal, board directors School Religion, Cathedral of Christ the King, 1979-1984. Board advisors Bridge Family Counseling Center, 1981-1986, Northside School Arts, 1981-1983. Member development committee Archdiocese of Atlanta, 1981-1991, advisory board, 1988-1991.

Board directors Atlanta Women's Network, 1982-1984, vice president, 1983-1984. Board counseling Fulton Service Center, Metropolitan Altanta chapter American Red Cross, 1982-1983. Member allocations committee, executive committee United Way Metropolitan Atlanta, 1983.

Member Leadership Atlanta, class of 1983-1984, group facilitator, 1984-1985, co-chairman education program, 1987. Co-chair building fund committee Mary Our Queen Church, 1996-1997. With Gwinnett Company (Georgia) School Board, 1997-1998, vice chairman, 1998-1999, chairman, 1999-2004.

Member Council for Advancement and Support Education (publications committee, alumni advisory committee 1974-1976, district III board 1981-1995, 96—, chairman corporation and foundation support conference New York City 1985, major research conference Atlanta 1986, matching gift conference Tampa 1989, district III conference chairman 1986, chair elect 1989-1991, chair district III board 1991-1993, past chair nominations committee chair 1993-1996, membership services committee 1989-1993, Washington board directors 1992-1996, executive committee, trusteeship committee, district services and governance committee, Alice Beeman Advancement Writing award 1994, Trailblazer award 1998, Warwick award Outstanding Research in higher education, Computer-Aided Software Engineering, 1999), Georgia Council on Planned Giving (board directors, chair education committee, planned giving committee 1995-1998), National Association Indiana Schools (publications committee 1974-1976), Education Writers Association, National Society Fund Raising Executives (vice president Georgia chapter 1985, president 1986-1987, member-at-large national board 1985-1989, chairman public relations committee 1985-1987, assistant treasurer, chair audit committee, member executive committee 1988-1990, board directors Georgia chapter 1996-1998), Kiwanis (co-chair membership committee Atlanta club 1990-1991, chair program committee since 1991, director 1993-1994, assistant secretary 1994-1995, vice president 1995-1996, president elect 1996-1997, president 1997-1998, immediate past president 1999-1900, board directors Atlanta foundation 2000-2002), Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi (president 1980-1981).


Married Michael C. Murphy, June 6, 1959. Children: Holly Ann, Emily Louise, Patricia Marie.

Joseph Charles Connors

Eileen E. (McDermott) Connors

Michael C. Murphy

Holly Ann Murphy

Emily Louise Murphy

Patricia Marie Murphy