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Superintendent finalist bio: Dr. Kathy Murphy

Dr. Kathy Murphy has served as the Acting Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Butler County School since September 2009.

A 1977 graduate of Greenville High School, Murphy has served in the local system since 1993. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Troy University in 1981, Master, 1982, and Doctor of Education, 1987, in Physical Education from Auburn University, and her Master of Education, 1994, and Ed.S, 1995, in Educational Leadership from Auburn University Montgomery.

Prior to returning to Greenville, Murphy served as a P.E. teacher and Girls’ Basketball and Tennis Coach at Auburn Junior High and High Schools (1984-1985), and was an assistant professor at Judson College (1985-88) and assistant professor at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton (1988-1993).

She served as principal of Greenville Middle School from 1993 to 2002 and principal of Greenville High School from 2002-2008. From June 2008 to August 2009, Murphy served as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent before assuming her current position in the system.

“My vision for the district is that we not only survive these turbulent times . . . but that we thrive,” Murphy said.”I’m not deceived into believing that the superintendent came make this happen singly. It will requite healthy debate and that we not lose sight that the children, our children, are the goal. I am in a unique position in this school district as a graduate, employee and parent of a child educated here. I’ve had valuable opportunities with every role and each has prepared me to look at school issues from a unique and insightful perspective.”