Vice President for Marketing and Communication Dave Murphy to retire

Dave Murphy, vice president for marketing and communication, will retire at the end of March after 13 years of service to the university.

Murphy started his career at Marquette as senior director of brand marketing and has led as vice president since 2013. During his time at Marquette, Murphy has led many important initiatives, including the communication strategy for the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, cultivating a significant increase in digital communications and growth in Marquette’s strategic branding initiatives across the region.

“Dave Murphy has served the Marquette community by living our mission while working to enhance Marquette’s reputation,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Joel Pogodzinski. “Dave partnered with leaders across campus covering areas spanning from university reputation and student recruitment to fundraising and alumni relations. Along with the Office of Marketing and Communication and the broader community, we celebrate Dave’s service and contributions and wish him well in his retirement.”

Murphy shared that this transition will be bittersweet, and he will miss the strong sense of community he felt throughout the years at Marquette. “From day one, Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission stirred my soul,” Murphy said. “It’s been an honor and privilege to serve in my role. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such passionate, creative and caring people across campus. I want to thank Dr. Lovell for his support and leadership. And I’m truly grateful to work with such a special group of talented people within the Office of Marketing and Communication.”

Throughout his years at Marquette, Murphy has served on various committees and planning groups. He also recently chaired the search for the vice president of mission and ministry.

According to Murphy, some of his most gratifying work includes expanding Marquette’s presence in the community through volunteer work with the Downtown Rotary Club, Milwaukee Film Festival, Visit Milwaukee, Near West Side Partners, Nativity Jesuit Academy and Marquette University High School. He is also proud of his collaboration with NO STUDIOS to introduce a filmmaker fellowship in partnership with the Diederich College of Communication.

Murphy enjoyed celebrating Marquette’s growth through major initiatives, including the launch of the Marquette Law Poll, Little Rock Nine’s Père Marquette Discovery Award ceremony and the university’s 100-year anniversary celebration of women. He’s also an avid fan of Marquette University basketball.

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