Philip Murphy

Philip Murphy

Honorary Degree Recipient

Doctor of Laws

Murphy was raised as the youngest of four children outside of Boston, Massachusetts. With a Needham public school education, Murphy earned his B.A. degree in economics from Harvard University in 1979 and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. Following a 23-year career in international business, Murphy focused on civic life and philanthropic pursuits. In 2002, he began volunteering at 180 Turning Lives Around, a Monmouth County nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals and families affected by domestic and sexual violence, and where he ultimately served as board president from 2005 to 2009. Additionally, Murphy was a member of the board of directors of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a nonprofit organization that works with community development associations to transform urban neighborhoods across the country, from 2002 to 2009.

From 2009 to 2013, Murphy served as the United States ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany under President Barack Obama.

In 2014, Murphy and his wife, Tammy Snyder Murphy, founded New Start New Jersey, a “think-and-do tank” dedicated to seeking new policy directions to grow New Jersey’s economy and middle class. The Murphys partnered with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University to create the New Start Career Network, which specifically helps long-term unemployed New Jerseyans over age 45 get back into the workforce.

From June 2015 to March 2017, Murphy served on the national board of the NAACP. He won the November 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election alongside running mate Sheila Oliver. On January 16, 2018, Murphy was sworn in as the Governor of New Jersey.

As the state’s 56th governor, Murphy has put an emphasis on rebuilding New Jersey’s economy by reinvesting in education, workforce development, and infrastructure. The goal is to restore the state’s standing as a leader in technology, innovation, and clean energy.

Murphy and his wife are the parents of four children: Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam. The family resides in Middletown, Monmouth County.