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Murphy Appointed NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative


Dan MurphyDan Murphy, head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management, has been appointed as the university’s NCAA faculty athletic representative. Murphy will replace Todd Diacon, who was named executive director for academic assessment and program support for the University of Tennessee System this summer.

“We are very excited to have someone with Dr. Murphy’s background and experience serving us in this increasingly important role,” said Mike Hamilton, men’s athletics director.

In this role, Murphy will serve as the university’s representative to the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference. The university president appoints the faculty athletic representative on the advice and recommendation of the Faculty Senate and the chancellor. The initial appointment is for a term of four years with the possibility of appointment to one additional term. The faculty athletic representative is always a tenured professor at the University of Tennessee.

“Dan was a valuable member of our athletics board several years ago, and we look forward to his continued input for years to come,” added Joan Cronan, women’s athletics director.

In addition to his responsibilities as department head, Murphy is the Deloitte & Touche Professor in Accounting and teaches tax strategy, international taxation, and global issue and strategy in the Master of Accountancy and MBA programs.

“I look forward to working with our student-athletes, the Athletics Department, and our campus leadership to further our university’s educational mission. Dr. Diacon served admirably in this position, and I plan to continue efforts to promote student-athlete success in the classroom as well as on the playing field,” said Murphy.

Murphy joined UT in 1990 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Certified Public Accountant and previously worked with two international accounting firms. His research focuses on the effect of taxes on investment behavior, family tax planning, and public policy and has been published in The Journal of the American Taxation Association, The Journal of Taxation, Advances in Taxation and numerous other journals. He has been awarded a PriceWaterhouse Coopers Research Fellowship, a grant from the KPMG Peat Marwick Foundation, and was named co-recipient of the Outstanding Author Award by the Journal of Financial Services Professionals. He has won numerous awards for teaching excellence including the Pugh & Company Accounting Faculty Excellence Award and the John Moore Award.

Murphy is very involved in professional and community service. He is active in the American Taxation Association and served as its vice-president and on its board of directors. He currently serves on the board and as president-elect for the Accounting Programs Leadership Group of the American Accounting Association. He also serves on the board of directors of a number of professional and community organizations including the Knox County Board of Education.

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