Educational Directions: Team Member

Mike Murphy


Head of School Search, Organizational Development, Governance

Mike recently completed a 44-year career in independent and international school education.
He served 8 years in the role of Headmaster at Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia and most recently 15 years as Head of School at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mike transitioned from head of school work to consulting in 2020. He has worked with schools in Illinois, New York, Georgia, Florida and Texas.

Mike has developed a knowledge and respect for the importance of the Head of School and Board partnership and relationship, often consulting with his peers in the southeast. Mike served on the boards of The Southern Association of Independent Schools and The Florida Council of Independent Schools. During that time, he developed an expertise in accreditation and has served over 100 schools during his career. In the fall of 2023, Mike will lead board retreats for four independent schools.

Mike is an active volunteer with the Severn Leadership Group (SLG) which is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. During his four years with SLG, he has become a mentor, Program Manager and EQi-2.0 coach.

In addition, Mike serves on the board of The Vanguard School, a grade 7-12 boarding school in Lake Wales, Florida.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Dayton, OH, with a master’s degree from Miami University. In 2017, Mike was a member of the Head’s Cohort at the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University. He continues to live in St. Petersburg, FL.
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