Director of Education and Learning
Debby Murphy has served as an independent school administrator for 26 years. She served as Andover’s Senior Associate Dean of Admission from 1991-2008 and then as the Director of Alumni Engagement from 2008-2015. In these responsibilities she has visited hundreds of public, private and independent schools and met with thousands of applicants throughout the country.
More recently, Debby worked at Nashoba Brooks School, a PreK-8th grade, all-girls school in Concord, Massachussetts, where she was the Assistant Head for Advancement and Enrollment. In this role, Debby launched a new Advancement team and was responsible for strategy and day-to-day operations for admission, development & alumni relations and marketing & communications. She has served on a variety of strategic planning committees and is particularly skilled and passionate about strategic planning, design thinking, process mapping, and the topic of organizational leadership. Over the years, Debby has presented at conferences on topics ranging from Creating an Alumni and Parent Admission Network to Measuring Alumni Engagement to High-Performance Habits and Leadership.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and Phillips Academy, Debby grew up in Florida and attended a K-9 independent school. She recognizes the unique environment fostered by independent schools and is passionate about her work with mission-driven institutions that are dedicated to providing a transformational education for students. Debby completed her Master of Education at Boston University in 1997.
Given Debby’s passion for advancing independent schools, she has thoroughly enjoyed playing a pivotal role on AISAP’s Consultancy Services team. She is also overseeing and designing online education & learning initiatives to advance and support admission and enrollment management professionals on their professional journeys.