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Dr. M. Dianne Murphy Distinguished Lecture Series In Sport Management

Dr. M. Dianne Murphy

April 14, 2005 the Sport Management Program held the inaugural “Dr. M. Dianne Murphy Distinguished Lecture.” Each spring semester the program will continue the Lecture Series and invite a distinguished speaker to talk with students, faculty and community members on the role of persons of color and women administrators in college and university athletics and recreation programs. The establishment of this lecture series was made possible by a gift to the College of Education by Dr. M. Dianne Murphy.

On Thursday Dr. Murphy had lunch with a small group of graduate students. She then served as a guest speaker in the Gender Issues in Sport graduate class before giving her lecture that evening in the Claude Pepper Center on the FSU campus. A reception followed the lecture. On Friday Dr. Murphy had lunch with the faculty members of the Sport Management Department, the Department Chair as well as two of her former professors and mentors, Dr. Billie Jones and Dr. Jan Wells.

Dr. Murphy is the Director of Athletics at Columbia University in New York and received her Ph. D. at Florida State University in Administration and Curriculum in 1980.

Before arriving at Columbia University in August, 2004, Murphy was at the University of Denver for six years and transformed the University's athletics program from Division II status into one of the top Division I programs in the country, winning four NCAA Division I titles, including the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship. Recording its best NCAA Division I season in 2003-2004, Denver finished 58th in the annual United States Sports Academy (USSA) Directors' Cup as well.

Murphy is credited with advancing various University of Denver teams to the NCAA Regional Tournaments, including men and women's golf, women's basketball, women's gymnastics (which made six consecutive appearances there) and women's tennis. Denver finished in the top 20 percent of all NCAA Division I schools in the USSA Director's Cup last year as well.

During Murphy's tenure, the University's athletics program served as a model for regional and national academic excellence. Student athletes earned an overall GPA of 3.266 for the 2003-04 academic year. The University's athletics program also garnered numerous academic honors, among them the Sun Belt Conference Graduation Rate Award, which it has received for the past five consecutive years.

Contact Dr. Cecile Reynaud for more information at 644-4813 or


List of Distinguished Lecture Series Speakers

2006 Speaker | Kathy DeBoer

2007 Speaker | Mary McElroy

2008 Speaker | Charlotte Westerhaus

2009 Speaker | Dr. Richard Lapchick

2010 Speaker | Dr. M. Dianne Murphy

2011 Speaker | Nora Lynn Finch

2012 Speaker | Dona Lopiano, Ph.D.