Michael J. “Mickey” Murphy functioned in a number of educational roles, as a dean, regional director, civic leader, mentor and president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College Board. Murphy began his career as junior high school teacher before moving into student affairs at NSU and later instructor and counselor at Concordia Parish School. He then spent many years as instructor, counselor, assistant director, director and campus dean at Louisiana Technical College in Bogalusa when the technical college system was transferred to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Murphy earned an associate degree from Panola College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in student personnel services at Northwestern State University.