Office of the President

Office of the President

Meet President Brian Murphy


President Brian MurphyBrian Murphy is president of De Anza College in Cupertino, California. In 2011, he was instrumental in the development of The Democracy Commitment, a national project aimed at ensuring that every community college student has an education in democratic practice.

Previously, Murphy was executive director of the San Francisco Urban Institute at San Francisco State University, a position he held after serving as chief consultant to the California State Legislature’s review of the Master Plan for Higher Education in the late 1980s. Murphy taught political theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University and San Francisco State University, and has served on several city commissions and nonprofit boards. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in political science.

Murphy has been president of De Anza College since 2004. A key focus of his presidency is the preparation of students to be active, involved citizens committed to transforming their communities. This vision led to the creation of De Anza's Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA), formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 5 pages, 36 KB)


White House Civic Engagement Event

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Our Mission

De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges
students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world. The college engages students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college’s Institutional Core Competencies:
        • Communication and expression
        • Information literacy
        • Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
        • Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental justice
        • Critical thinking

Updated spring 2014      

Contact the President Directly

De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014

Office of the President
Administration Building
ADM 127
Contact: Brian Murphy
Phone: 408.864.8705

Last Updated: 9/18/17