Leah Murphy to Lead Northwest Iowa Community College as the Executive Dean of Student & Academic Services

Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) announces the selection of Leah Murphy as the Executive Dean of Student and Academic Services. Murphy officially assumed her new role on August 1st, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to advancing the College’s academic mission.

Leah Murphy’s journey with NCC began in 2016 when she joined as the Director of the Learning Center, Alternative High School, and Accommodations. Her dedication and contributions led to her appointment as the Director of the Academic Center in 2017, followed by her role as the Dean of Arts & Sciences/Business & Health in 2021. Throughout her tenure, Murphy has exhibited an unwavering passion for academic excellence, innovation, and student success.

The NCC Board wholeheartedly endorsed Murphy’s appointment on August 21, during a regularly scheduled board meeting. This decision reflects the board’s confidence in her ability to drive positive change and steer the college towards a future of growth and progress.

Murphy said, “I am honored and excited to continue with the NCC team in a new role as the Chief Academic Officer.  NCC has a remarkable reputation for success and service for all, and I am eager to work closely with the talented individuals who build upon these values daily.  NCC continues to strive to grow in order to serve Northwest Iowa, and I am humbled to help give opportunities to our communities, students, and partners.”

Dr. Hartog, President of NCC, expressed his enthusiasm for Murphy’s appointment, stating, “Following a thorough search process, we are delighted to introduce Leah Murphy as our new Chief Academic Officer. Leah’s passion for student success, her profound insight into our college’s current landscape, and her inspiring vision for its future all contributed to our decision. We firmly believe that she possesses the qualities needed to lead us into the next chapter.”

Dr. Hartog continued, “Leah’s extensive experience and expertise, coupled with her steadfast dedication to academic excellence, innovation, and the triumph of every student, make her an invaluable addition to our leadership team. We are confident that she will cultivate a collaborative and inclusive environment, working closely with faculty, staff, and students to propel NCC’s academic mission to new heights.”

Leah Murphy’s appointment as the Executive Dean of Student and Academic Services marks a pivotal moment for Northwest Iowa Community College. Her leadership is poised to bring about positive transformations, driving the institution’s growth and elevating its impact on the communities it serves.

Murphy resides in Sheldon with her husband Michael and children Lynn, Anthony, Maggie.