Larry Murphy

Director of Strategic Projects

Larry Murphy serves as a director of strategic projects for NIET. In this role Larry directs the planning, implementation, and assessment of projects and services for NIET and its partners across the country. Prior to joining NIET, Larry served as director of KIPP Through College in New Orleans, Louisiana. In this role, he built the structures and systems that allowed the team to support the postsecondary decisions and success of high school students across New Orleans and college students across the country.

Previously, Larry served as a college counselor in New Orleans, where he worked with students, families, and stakeholders to ensure that all students were able to make the most informed decisions about their postsecondary options. Larry began his career as a geometry teacher in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

Larry is a Tampa, Florida, native. He earned his Bachelor of Science in political science and religion from Florida State University and is pursuing a Master of Public Policy from Vanderbilt University.

 Larry  Murphy

Who is your favorite teacher?

Ms. Gold was my AP Language teacher and newspaper advisor. Through her classes I became a better thinker, writer, and researcher. Ms. Gold always asked probing, engaging questions that made easy answers impossible and encouraged us to do the same. She was always meticulously planned and showed us what was possible when we took the time to prepare and do the work on the front end. I’ll never forget the poster over her desk: "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject has always been social studies. Whether it was my high school American government and AP Microeconomics classes with Ms. McEwen or my college political science coursework, I have always loved the social sciences. The ability to connect the past with the present to then think about the future is simultaneously exciting and daunting. It is in these classes that I truly believe we are able to synthesize learning to think about solutions to the big problems of the world.

What do you do in your free time?

Recently, the majority of my free time has been spent with my daughter, Eleanor. However, while she naps, I like to watch college football and Premier League soccer, work on crossword puzzles, play as many board games as possible, read unnecessarily large fantasy series, and spend time in New Orleans.