After overseeing a number of changes in his office,
Michael Murphy, the dean of admissions and financial aid at Antioch
College, is leaving in March to take a position with a university
in Dublin, Ireland. .
dean at Antioch College to leave in March
After announcing that applications to the college have increased more
than 70 percent over the last three years, Antioch Dean of Admissions
and Financial Aid Michael Murphy confirmed in an interview Monday that
he has accepted a position at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.
Murphy will depart for his new position as CEO of the universitys
Educational Trust Fund in mid-March. A search for his replacement will
start next week.
Murphy said that his reasons for leaving have nothing to do with Antioch;
he simply wishes to pursue a new professional challenge. He also said
that he and his wife, Karen Gundersen, have had a desire to live abroad
for some time, and this job provides them with that opportunity.
I started at Antioch as the colleges annual fund director
in development, Murphy said. And this new position allows
me to return to that field.
It is a fascinating time to be involved with philanthropy, especially
in Europe, Murphy added. Im very interested in the changes
taking place in philanthropy across the globe, and the idea of being involved
in philanthropy in Ireland is particularly exciting.
Murphys announcement comes near the end of a period of change in
the Admissions Office. Four of Antiochs five admissions counsellors
have begun their tenure at Antioch within the last 18 months, and Murphys
stint with admissions has seen drastic changes in printed and electronic
recruitment tools, recruitment strategies and merit-based financial aid
Despite these changes, Murphy seems confident that he will leave the Admissions
Office in a position to continue its recent success. Our staff has
over 40 years combined experience, and with the new recruitment software,
view book and a new Web site rolling out soon, I think we will be able
to reach more and more students, he said.
Murphy believes that reaching more students is key to the colleges
success. With a small endowment, the college depends upon revenues from
tuition and fees to stay afloat.
I think Antioch is at the minimum size it would like to be,
Murphy said. I would like to see 1,000 students here, and I think
admissions can set realistic goals of bringing in 300 students per year
in the near future.
Three hundred students per year would be a 30 percent increase over the
average number of entering students for the last five years, he said.
Still, hes optimistic.
We are just beginning to recruit a national market from a national,
liberal arts platform. Alumni and current community members are becoming
more involved in the recruitment of new students. We are reaching more
people, and our applications are up because of these efforts, Murphy