Community and alumni invited to farewell for Murphys

Community members are invited to join Northwestern College trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students at a farewell event for President Bruce Murphy and his wife, Dr. Di Murphy, on Monday, Oct. 8.

A program celebrating the Murphys’ seven years of leadership for Northwestern will be held in Christ Chapel at 8 p.m. Following the program, at around 8:30 p.m., dessert will be served in the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center lobby.

During his tenure, Murphy has helped raise the college’s academic profile and ensured that students’ education doesn’t stop when they leave class by encouraging integration between academic and co-curricular learning.

He emphasized the need for higher education to lead not just to knowledge, but to wisdom, which includes spiritual as well as intellectual learning.

As a professor in the college’s education department and member of a task force on intercultural competency, Di Murphy helped raise Northwestern’s awareness and understanding of global issues and diversity.

“The best leaders are the ones who lead from who they are,” says Drew Vogel, chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees. “Bruce and Di are known for their deep connections on campus and in the community. Their heart for students and the whole-life development of young people is obvious.”

President Murphy announced his intention to retire from Northwestern’s presidency last fall. The Murphys will be leaving Orange City sometime before the end of the year for their home near Seattle.