The New Hampshire School Administrators Association, in coordination with the American Association of School Administrators, has announced that Ms. Kathleen Murphy is the New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year for 2017. Ms. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools for the Hampton School District (SAU #90), will receive a special award during the AASA National Conference on Education in New Orleans, LA, in March 2017.
Kathleen was selected for this honor by a panel of her peers and from a distinguished group of nominees. Commissioner Virginia Barry said, “Kathleen’s work as a superintendent has been outstanding. Her work as a leader in early childhood education, as well as her work leading a STEM initiative, has helped educators and community members recognize the importance of preparing students for the 21st Century. Additionally, her work as a governor-appointed commissioner to support our veterans’ children in schools has helped leaders, educators, and community members better understand the importance of supporting transition in the lives of our nation’s service members.”
Virginia Bridle of the Hampton School Board stated, “When Kathleen Murphy became superintendent of SAU 90 in November 2010, she was chosen because of her enthusiasm, clear planning ability, and her expertise in the superintendent’s job and responsibilities. Kathleen went to work immediately to make SAU 90 a reality. She established a lean operating office, created and guided a leadership team, and inspired faculty to be reenergized and created a ‘what is best for children’ attitude.”
Yvonne Goldsberry, president of the Endowment for Health noted, “Kathleen has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Health since 2012 and as chairwoman of our Program Committee since 2014. She was recruited to the Board of Directors because of her statewide leadership and extensive knowledge of pressing educational issues facing our State, having served as a senior administrator within the New Hampshire Department of Education… Her passion for children’s issues helps focus our work and align our investments for the greatest impact.”
Kathleen’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Plymouth State College, a Master of Arts Degree from Rivier College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of New Hampshire.
Kathleen began her career in educational leadership as an elementary and middle school principal in Candia and Derry, N.H. school districts. She also served as an assistant superintendent/instructional supervisor in Derry and Nashua, N.H. before moving on to be superintendent of schools in Newmarket, N.H. Kathleen took a superintendent hiatus and became the director for division of instruction for the New Hampshire Department of Education for several years before assuming the position of superintendent of schools for Hampton, NH in 2011, a role she remains in today.
Kathleen is the commissioner for the New Hampshire Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, serves on the NESDEC Board of Directors, past chair of the Southeast Regional Superintendents, chair of the Program Subcommittee for the Endowment for Health Board of Directors, a member of the Seacoast Learning Collaborative Governing Board and the Statewide Children’s Behavioral Health Strategic Planning Committee.
Kathleen lives in Chester, N.H., with her husband Tom, an engineer for Raytheon, and is quite active in her community. She enjoys cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and is a devoted mother and grandmother.
Dr. Carl Ladd, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association noted, “Kathleen is a wonderful role model of the many school superintendents in our state who work everyday in support of public education. She is a tireless advocate for students and their families and is a true Champion for Children.”