April 26, 2015
By Ashley Peskoe
After a nine-month search, the board of trustees tonight appointed Maureen Murphy, president of a community college in Houston, to helm Brookdale beginning July 1.
MIDDLETOWN – The president of Brookdale Community College was named Friday as a finalist to lead a college in Texas.
Maureen Murphy was among three other candidates for the position at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement from the school.
Murphy was named the first female president of Brookdale in 2012 after former President Peter Burnham was accused of using his work-issued credit cards for personal spending, including on hotel stays, clothing, electronics and alcohol. Burnham ultimately pleaded guilty to two counts of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception.
In an email to staff at Brookdale on Friday, Murphy said she entered the search at Blinn College for both personal and professional reasons, according to the Asbury Park Press.
“My commitment to Brookdale is steadfast, but I am exploring select opportunities,” the email reportedly said.
Murphy previously served as the president at San Jacinto College South in Houston, Texas, according to a biography posted on Blinn College’s website.
Murphy started her career as an English teacher at St. Louis Community College at Meramec after receiving a bachelor of arts in English from University of Louisville, a master of arts in English from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in American studies from Saint Louis University.
Blinn College is a two-year school serving more than 19,000 students.