Gregory Murphy has spent the past 15 years in leadership positions in educational and arts institutions in Philadelphia. Most recently, he was executive director of the prestigious Marian Anderson Award, recognizing accomplished performers who use their talent and celebrity to improve the human condition. The Award has been presented to honorees as varied as Elizabeth Taylor, Maya Angelou, Gregory Peck, Norman Lear and Kool & the Gang.
Greg was vice president for advancement at Community College of Philadelphia and executive director of the College Foundation for eight years. As such, he was responsible for private fundraising and government grants and scholarship administration. Under his direction, the Foundation established a last-dollar scholarship to allow all Pell-eligible students graduating from Philadelphia high schools to attend the College without cost for tuition and fees.
Previous positions include chief advancement officer at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and assistant dean for external affairs at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
Prior to working in higher ed, Greg worked at TV Guide Magazine for 22 years in editorial, marketing and sales positions. In his time, Greg did on-air commentary for E! Entertainment Television and CNN; he authored the 1995 television viewing section of The Practical Guide to Practically Everything.
Greg is currently on the Board of the Marian Anderson Award and the Gloucester County, New Jersey Cultural and Heritage Commission. He served for 10 years on the Board of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, which was established by Congressional mandate to advocate for persons with developmental disabilities and persons with mental illness. He was president of the Board for five years. He is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Greg has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He lives in Wenonah, New Jersey and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, with his husband of 18 years.