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Ann Murphy, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Business

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Ann B. Murphy has been the dean of the College of Business at MSU Denver since June 2011.  She served as the associate dean from 2007 to 2011. Prior to moving into administration, Murphy was a professor in the Department of Accounting for 11 years.

As a faculty member, she was the recipient of numerous teaching awards: University of Arkansas for Excellence in Teaching, Graduate Assistant Award (1996); MSU Denver School of Business Distinguished Faculty Achievement in Teaching award (1998); and the University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business Accounting Department Professor of the Year (2001).

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and computer science from Boston College, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas.

Murphy worked for 12 years in a variety of accounting positions before entering academics. As a staff accountant at Salomon/North America division, she worked her way up to a role as accounting and treasury manager. She worked as a controller at Trammell Crow Co., a real-estate-development partnership organization.

Her work sparked an interest and enthusiasm for cost accounting and reporting. Murphy’s software skills were incorporated into her teaching with a focus on reporting and decision-making support. Her work with Salomon led to her interest in international accounting, which led to her dissertation.

Murphy has attended numerous regional, national and international conferences and has published papers in proceedings and refereed journals. As dean, many of her scholarly activities are directed at programs focused on accreditation, assessment and fundraising, as well as other areas that advance the goals of the college. Under her able leadership, the College of Business received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 2016. Fewer than 5 percent of business programs globally have attained this level of accreditation.

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