Jenni Murphy

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From farm to food service, and finally to career fulfillment, Dr. Jenni Murphy’s path to success did not follow a straight line. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree, and used her education and restaurant experience to climb the corporate ladder. Her talents in hospitality led her to become a corporate trainer, opening restaurants and entertainment centers across the nation and overseas.

During a career transition, she applied for a program manager position at CCE and fell in love with it. Over 15 years later, with several leadership positions and a doctorate from Sacramento State under her belt, Murphy went from associate dean to interim dean and on June 1 took the helm as dean - serving as a living, breathing CCE success story. She is passionate about the role of continuing education for our regional workforce, as well as across the nation.

Murphy graduated from Arizona State University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She received her Master of Business Administration summa cum laude from University of Phoenix, and then earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Sacramento State. Her research focuses on the intersection of education, workforce and economic development.  


  • University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) — Institutional Lead (2011–Current)
  • Trending Technologies Conference — Advisory Board (2015)
  • Government Transformation Conference — Advisory Board (2014)
  • Sacramento Works — Workforce Investment Board Member (Current); Employer Outreach Committee (Current)
  • Girl Scouts Heart of Central California — Board Member (Current); Fund Development Committee (current); Service Unit Representative (2011–2013); Troop Leader (2009–Current)
  • Impact Foundry – Board Member (2016–Current)

Recent Publications and Presentations

“Educate Yourself about Education.” Alliance for Women in Media; February 2015; panelist and presenter.

“Building Blocks for Continuing Education Professionals: A Fresh Look at Competencies.”
CSU Counterparts 2015 Conference; presenter and facilitator.

“The CSU Workforce Development Academy.” CSU Commission for the Extended University; January 2015; presenter.

“Increasing Degree Completion in California: Policy factors affecting the near completion population.” Dissertation presentation. Las Vegas, NV: Association for the Study of Higher Education; 2012.