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UOG stakeholders meet Dr. Bruce Murphy, presidential candidate from Florida

Posted: Jun 14, 2018 4:30 PM Updated:

The last two off-island candidates to be considered as the next University of Guam president made their way to the Mangilao campus, as the search for the next administrative leader draws to a close. Dr. Bruce Murphy travelled from Pensacola, Florida to meet UOG stakeholders.

One of the original three candidates selected during the search for president, Dr. Murphy notes an extensive background of military service and attendance and teaching at prestigious universities stateside, including Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Vanderbilt.

His approach to leadership, as he said, "I see leadership as a team sport and so I want to be as inclusive as possible. I've broadened up those venues where we make decisions to include faculty and staff and students in that decision-making process so that they're not only part of the process or part of the decision so that understand it and they know where it came from."

Visiting Guam for the first time, Dr. Murphy notes, the law that requires the head of UOG to have substantial knowledge of Guam's culture and people wasn't on the prospectus application. "When the prospectus went out, it did not say that you have to be from Guam or that you have to be a student or someone who has studied Guam in detail. You don't have to have a PhD in Chamorro culture. Had it said that, I would not have applied. I mean that would be a limiter, I think. What it did say was that you have to be willing to have to appreciate the culture and the people," he stated.

Similar to other candidates, he raised issue with resource allotment at the university. "This is a phenomenon that's happening nationwide. It's just a way that states, territories are changing the way they fund higher education. So, we need to ensure that the legislatures still see the value of higher education. Still continue to resource higher education," he said.

His experience he says could help the University move into the future. "The other thing is moving forward. Universities must always be moving forward. You can't sit still. You can't continue to do the same thing you did last year or did before and ten years ago and all that because the world is changing," he noted.

Kept busy during their short stay, candidates are meeting with the board of regents and island leaders. The last candidate, Dr. Ronald Larsen met with UOG stakeholders Thursday afternoon. After all four visit, the Board will make a final decision, now close to choosing the next president of UOG.

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