Daniel Patrick Murphy, Jr., Senior Assistant Dean of Community Engagement & Operations/Chief Diversity Officer, is a 1998 graduate of the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. Prior to joining the administration in 2010, he was Counsel at the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP in its Lexington office, and was formerly a member in the law firm of McMurry & Livingston, PLLC, in Paducah, Kentucky, where he focused primarily in the area of real estate law.
Dean Murphy oversees day-to-day nonacademic operations at the Rosenberg College of Law, including supervision of Marketing & Communications, Information Technology, the Continuing Legal Education departments, alumni affairs, and capital project management and building operations. Dean Murphy serves as the College’s liaison to the University in overseeing the law school’s major rebuild and expansion construction project. Dean Murphy also serves as the College's diversity officer, oversees the voluntary student pro bono program and efforts to engage the College with the university, the community-at-large, the Commonwealth and across the nation.
Dean Murphy is active in the community. He is a past chair of the Commerce Lexington Board of Directors, current vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Community Action Council, and serves on the KY YMCA Youth Association Board of Directors and Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Board of Directors.
Dean Murphy is a native of Lawrenceburg, KY. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kentucky in 1993, making him the first college graduate in his family.