Michael is currently in his first-year at Darden following a successful career as a military officer. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002 with a BS in Computer Science, he entered the US Army. Michael was a distinguished graduate from the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course in Fort Sill, OK, and completed Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA. His first permanent duty station was with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment in Giessen, Germany. He lived in Europe for over four years during his time in the Army. During that time, Michael served 2 tours in Iraq comprised of a total of 29 months.

Michael’s military career included numerous different job functions, including: Platoon Leader, Fire Direction Officer, Fire Support Officer, Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Ammunition Officer, and Brigade Iraqi Security Forces Operations Officer. During his first tour in Iraq, he led the platoon previously featured in the cover story of Time Magazine’s 2003 Person of the Year Issue. He also collaborated with local Iraqi politicians and contractors to research, propose, and implement 43 projects to improve the lives of Iraqi citizens, including: school renovation, soccer field construction, archaeological site preservation, and sewag/road infrastructure repair. Upon redeployment, Michael led the unit’s support platoon during a full overhaul of its personnel and equipment, and improved its readiness rating from less than 5% to over 90%, leading to its formal recognition as the “Best Support Platoon in the Brigade”. During his second tour in Iraq, he developed and supervised the implementation of a plan to improve the recruitment, training, and employment of a new Iraqi Police force in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. These efforts contributed to the improvement of police staffing from under 10% to over 60% in eight months, with a 90% target within reach in a further two months. The newly successful Iraqi Police force in Ar Ramadi was a critical factor in reducing the average number of daily attacks on coalition forces, Iraqi forces, and Iraqi citizens from over 30 to less than 5, and has spurned a renaissance in the formerly dangerous Al Anbar Province. During his time in the Army, Michael earned the Bronze Star for exceptionally meritorious service, the Combat Action Badge for direct engagement with the enemy, and numerous other medals and honors.

Michael entered the Darden Class of 2009 this fall and is truly bewildered to be surrounded by such a group of dynamic and intelligent classmates. He continues to pursue his passions of travel, surfing, running, skiing, and film in his limited but valuable spare time.

4 Responses to “About Mike Murphy”

  1. Serdj Balach said

    Mike – I am an incoming Darden student, and am extremely happy to have stumbled across your blog. I readily enjoyed reading your commentary regarding global warming. Reading your posts has reinforced my excitement regarding entering Darden this fall. If you don’t mind my asking, I would like to know your thoughts about the internship recruiting season, and how the economic environment affected things. Lastly, what do you think of ACC football after Beaver Stadium? In the interest of full disclosure, I went to Northwestern (not the best big-10 venue) but I did see us fill the stadium a few times.

  2. serdj,
    be encouraged. be very encouraged. darden is a phenomenal place, but it is what you make it. almost more than a lot of other graduate schools. we are not #1 in every ranking (something we wish were different, but oh well), but i promise that you will get back what you put in tenfold. there’s something magical about this place that enables that process.
    and as for stadiums…i come from lame-collegiate-football-land (the pacific northwest) so i wouldn’t know anything about filling stadiums except for earth day celebrations.

  3. Sandeep said

    Hi Mike, This is sandeep from India and I am planning to apply to Darden for Fall 2009. I have some q’s to clarify and would be great if you can drop me a note to my e-mail address above.

    Appreciate your quick response.

    Good luck!


  4. mandy said

    change your profile info, dude =) you are a wise second year!

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