Staff Spotlight: Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen Murphy, administrative coordinator in the Department of History, has been with the College for over 10 years. She is responsible for the administrative activities in the department. For Kathleen, the best part of her job can be rewarding but also a challenge:

“The best and the most challenging thing about this job is basically the same thing; that is the endless variety of things to do. That can be challenging, but the work is engaging and the chairman and faculty support and encourage creative solutions.”

She believes the best part of her department is the great people she gets to work with every day. Kathleen came to VCU in the Fall of 2004 from Stanford University in California. She began working with Dr. Joseph Bendersky, Chair of the department. She worked with Dr. Bernard Moitt while he chaired the department for six years and now works with Dr. John Kneebone, who became Chair in July 2012.

Since moving to Richmond 10 years ago, Kathleen has served in a variety of positions on the Fan Woman’s Club board: parliamentarian, membership, neighborhood improvement, newsletter editor, and on various fundraising committees including the annual Fan Kitchen and Garden Tour and the annual Progressive Dinner.

Kathleen has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an avid fan of art, photography, music, dance, and more recently, opera. When not at VCU, you can often find her at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts relaxing or whipping up something tasty in her kitchen. On weekends, she dances with the Rhythm and Motion class at the Richmond Ballet. She also likes to get her hands dirty in the Uptown Community Garden and in her back yard. She travels whenever possible, taking trips that combine her love of photography and hiking as well as enjoying museums and restaurants.


*This profile is sponsored by the H&S Staff Council

written by Denise Johnson