About President Murdaugh

President Jim Murdaugh shakes hands with a graduate at the 2016 TCC commencement ceremonyDr. Jim Murdaugh was named the sixth president of Tallahassee Community College on October 18, 2010.   

His personal vision is to make Tallahassee Community College the college of choice for students, the employer of choice for faculty and staff, and the partner of choice in the community.   

Jim is quite active in the community, having served on and led a number of boards over the years. He currently serves as a board member on the United Way of the Big Bend, board member on the Capital Region CareerSource Board, board member on the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, and honorary board member of the Stubbs Educational Foundation. He is also a member of the Greater Tallahassee Rotary Club.  

At the state level, Jim is a member of the Economic Club of Florida and serves as a trustee on the Florida Chamber Foundation. In 2012, Florida Trend listed Jim among Florida’s Newsmakers of the Year and in 2013 he received the Pillar of Excellence Award from the MLK Foundation of Florida, Inc.   

He has been recognized for his leadership by a number of organizations, being selected in 2005 by the North Florida Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration for its distinguished leadership award, 2012 Leader of the Year by Leadership Tallahassee, and he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Hall of Fame in 2011.   

In 2014, Dr. Murdaugh was one of four finalists for the American Association of Community Colleges’ national Award of Excellence in Emerging Leadership, recognizing his efforts to encourage and develop new and emerging leaders at TCC. And in 2017, he was selected as the Association of College Unions International President of the Year in recognition of his efforts in building a strong and active campus community.  

Jim Murdaugh holds bachelor's and master's degrees in criminology and a doctorate in public administration from Florida State University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Florida Executive Class VII and the prestigious Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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