Secretary of Education
Delaware Department of Education
Secretary of Education Mark Murphy directs the administration and operation of the Delaware Department of Education. Nominated by Gov. Jack Markell in April 2012, his focus is on ensuring children and educators are positively impacted when developing policy and implementing state and federal initiatives. Prior to his appointment, Murphy served as executive director of the nonprofit Vision Network in Delaware, leading school improvement efforts with staff, consultants and educators at more than two dozen schools across the state. Before joining Vision Network, Murphy was executive director of leadership development at New Leaders for New Schools. There, he designed and implemented cutting-edge school leadership standards and assessments. Prior to his nonprofit education leadership work, Murphy was a physical education teacher, elementary teacher, assistant principal and principal. His work as a principal was targeted at driving high achievement gains for every student and eliminating the achievement gap in his school.