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February 17, 2015

Untiring advocate’ for University employees retires

Chuck Murphy
Chuck Murphy

When Charles (Chuck) Murphy managed grocery stores for several chains in western New York and central Pennsylvania during the 1970s, and ’80s, he saw just how important it was to make sure the needs of employees were being met.

“It’s always been about the people. Employee benefits and the compensation arena are at the core,” he says. “I saw a need that was unmet and wanted to find out how to do those things better. I wanted to take what I learned from the grocery business to the next level.”

As he took undergraduate courses at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania he was particularly struck by courses he took on organized labor and organization development. He went on to attain his bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA from Bloomsburg.

Murphy has worked in the healthcare industry since 1987 in human resources leadership positions, most recently as the University’s associate vice president for human resources. On Feb. 2, he retired from the position, which he held since 2001.

“Chuck has been an untiring advocate for University employees,” says Ron Paprocki, senior vice president for administration and finance and CFO.

Murphy joined the University staff in 1998 as director of the Medical Center’s Office of Human Resources—a role he served in for two years before becoming director of University Human Resources. He became associate vice president of the department in 2001, managing human resources operations at the University.

“Working for Chuck has been an honor—an experience I will truly treasure,” says Michele Hill, director of University benefits. “He has supported me and is always willing to listen.”

Larry Ansini, director of University compensation, says Murphy kept the “human” in human resources.

“He believed that, at the end of the day, we have to remember that our work is about people. They are the key to success for the University.”

After 17 years at the University, Murphy says his priority is still the people.

“I’ll miss the relationships and the people that I worked with,” he says. “It was a great privilege to work with super people, including the Human Resources directors and the health system leaders who have supported me throughout.”

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