Mary Claire Shipp Murphy serves as the vice president of external relations of Textron Inc. in Washington, D.C. A 1982 graduate of the College with a degree in English, Mary Claire was a member of the Order of the Gown and a member and officer of the Theta Kappa Phi sorority. Two of her daughters are also Sewanee graduates—Mary Carlton “M.C.”, C’17, and Sarah Virginia “Ginnie”, C’21. During her career, Mary Claire has held various senior management roles within the telecommunications industry, and has also served in public service positions in the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Military Child Education Coalition, the National Aeronautic Association, the Atlantic Council, the Executive Council on Diplomacy, and the Textron Charitable Trust. As an alumna, she serves as a member of the Board of Regents and has been a member of the Parents’ Council.
The Search Committee for Sewanee's 18th Vice-Chancellor
The Vice-Chancellor Search Committee includes members from the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees, distinguished faculty from the arts, sciences, humanities, and School of Theology, College staff and student representatives. This group brings together over six decades of distinct and treasured Sewanee experiences.
The Search Committee will be supported in its efforts by WittKieffer, a global search firm that specializes in higher education and has extensive experience recruiting for select liberal arts institutions.
Learn more about the committee members below.