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J. Patrick Murphy

  • Emeritus Associate Professor; Chair, Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project
  • ​​​P​​hD.

  • School of Public Service
  • 312-362-5608

J. Patrick Murphy currently serves as Values Director of Depaul International, an international organization serving the homeless in six countries. It is headquartered in London, UK.

J. Patrick Murphy received his Ph.D. in higher education administration and an M.A. in sociology from Stanford University. His MBA is from DePaul University. He also earned a Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. He attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

At DePaul he directed the School of Public Service for 18 years building it into an internationally-recognized unit that offered five master degrees to more than 700 professionals in government and nonprofit organizations. Over the past few years, he taught at DePaul’s Loop Campus, Online, All Hallows College, Dublin, the DePaul Institute for Science and Technology in Angamaly, India, The Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil, Adamson University, Manila, Nairobi, Kenya, Karkhiv, Ukraine, London, and Paris. In 2010 he received a Fulbright Scholarship for teaching and research in Brazil.

He is also founder and chair of Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project, a research and training unit within the University.

His publications include four books and several articles on the visions and values of leaders. Two recent book chapters are “Theories of Nonprofit Leadership,” and “Leaders in Higher Education: Teachers and Visionaries.” His articles include “Servant Leadership in the Manner of St. Vincent de Paul,” “Shakes, Rattles and Rolls: How Leaders Share Visions in Organizations,” “Higher Education Administration in the New Age; The Quick and the Dead,” and “Going Global: Strategies of the School of Public Service at DePaul University.” His first book, Visions and Values in Catholic Higher Education, is a popular resource with faculty at Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya, Malaysia.

He currently serves as Member of the Corporation at DePaul University, as trustee of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and for Depaul International, London, United Kingdom. He has also served as trustee for DePaul University, Siena Heights University (where he chaired the board for two years), St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, and chaired the board of directors at Jamal Place, a residential home for boys in Chicago.

He served as consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission for the North Central Association for six years. His work there included visiting team evaluator for Webster University, Creighton University, the University of Notre Dame, Mt. Marty College, St. John’s University (Minnesota), and Robert Miller College.

He conducted board training consultations at Mt. Marty College, South Dakota, St. Joseph’s College, Rensselear, Indiana, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland, and Josephinum and Brother Rice High Schools, Chicago.

He served as DePaul University’s Treasurer and Secretary for five years.

He was elected president (2010-2012) of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. In 2012 Engage DePaul named him one of the 25 faculty members who “contributed most to students’ learning and development as socially responsible leaders in the DePaul-Vincentian tradition.”

The Irish Times named him one of the 100 most influential Irish Americans in 2009.

He received the Via Sapientiae Award from DePaul University in 2014, the University’s highest honor.

Three publications become available in 2015. The Vincentian Heritage Journal will publish “Hospitality in the Manner of St. Vincent de Paul.” Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project has published a book he co-edited with Patricia Bombard, BVM, Fundraising Strategies—Stories from the Field Inspired by St. Vincent de Paul and “Mr. Vincent,” a monograph available free online from The Hay Project in several languages.​