Richard Murgo named dean

June 15, 2017

Richard MurgoTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 15, 2017)—Tallahassee Community College has named Professor Richard Murgo as the new dean of its Behavioral, Social Science and Education Division, effective August 1. Murgo has served as associate dean of the division since 2016.

According to Feleccia Moore-Davis, TCC provost, Murgo possesses the leadership qualities to be a successful dean.

“Dr. Murgo is passionate about students and is committed to the mission of TCC. I look forward to his contributions and leadership that will take the division and College to the next level of excellence.”

Murgo has been a full-time faculty member at TCC since 1995 and has served the College in numerous capacities, including professor of political science, program chair and director of academic enrichment. He is also co-founder of TCC’s highly successful Model United Nations organization, which recently returned from the national conference in New York City with several awards. Murgo has also developed study abroad programs for TCC students in China and the Czech Republic.

“I have been committed to this college and its students for a significant portion of my life,” said Murgo. “I am continuously rewarded by my many students who have gone on to make the world a better place. It’s for that reason, I am so very excited and grateful that I am going into a position that may positively affect the lives of TCC’s faculty, staff and—most importantly—its students.”

Model U.N. team at trustees meetingMurgo has served as president of the National Model United Nations board of directors and is a current member of the boards of directors of the Florida Political Science Association and the Tallahassee Southern Model United Nations Association. He is also the dual enrollment education coordinator for Florida’s Boys and Girls State programs and sometimes appears on local broadcast news shows as an expert commentator on state and national politics.

Murgo earned his doctorate in political education and masters in political science from Florida State University and also holds a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Central Florida. He was a recipient of the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Excellence in Teaching award, as well as the 2011 recipient of the TCC Club Adviser of the Year award.

Murgo replaces long-time dean Monte Finkelstein, who will retire on July 31.