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Scott D. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools


Mr. Scott D. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

Scott Murphy is a strong leader with a long history in education. He began his career as a social worker in Boulder and Larimer Counties in 1978. He served as an evaluation analyst and a supervisor of community based education services for the Colorado Department of Education. He entered the world of school finance in 1981 as the budget director for Aurora Public Schools. He also served as the executive director of finance and auxiliary services for the Brighton school district. He served as the chief financial officer and assistant superintendent of business services for Littleton Public Schools for 16 years before being appointed as superintendent on July 1, 2006.

Murphy has a long and distinguished history with the Colorado Association of School Executive (CASE) and as a leader in Colorado. He is a past president of the Division of Business Officials, a past President of CASE, and was named CASE Business Official of the Year. He served on the technical advisory committee for the design of the 1994 School Finance Act, chaired the 2005 School Finance Task Force for the Senate and House Education Committees, and chaired the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) Legislative Committee. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Public Employee Retirement Associaton (PERA) beginning in 2005. He has co-chaired the Denver Area School Superintendents’ Council (DASSC).

Professional Experience

July 1, 2006 to present
Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, Colorado

1990-July 1, 2006
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services/
Chief Financial Officer
Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, Colorado

Executive Director of Finance and Auxiliary Services                 
Brighton Public Schools, Brighton, Colorado

Budget Director
Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, Colorado

Supervisor of Community Based Education Services
Colorado Department of Education

Evaluation Analyst
Colorado Department of Education

Social Worker
Boulder and Larimer Counties


  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Colorado
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University


  • Married to Colorado native Teri Chavez
  • Two daughters 
  • Enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing
  • Comes from a long line of educators. His mother was a business teacher, his sister is a special education teacher, as was his grandmother. 
  • Born in Minnesota; lived in many locations due to father’s military career; graduated from Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado.

Scott Murphy, Superintendent

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