Superintendent’s Office

pkm-headshot-nov-2016Pat Murphy, Ed.D., Superintendent

Arlington Public Schools
2015 Superintendent of the Year
(VA Association of School Superintendents)

Dr. Patrick K. Murphy has been superintendent of Arlington Public Schools since July 1, 2009. An Arlington County resident, Dr. Murphy has been an educator since 1988, serving the Fairfax County Public Schools for 19 of the intervening years in a variety of instructional leadership positions. During the final four years, he served as assistant superintendent for accountability, where he was responsible for testing, research and evaluation, and division- and school-based strategic planning. The Virginia Association of School Superintendents selected Dr. Murphy as its 2015 Virginia Superintendent of the Year and he was a finalist for the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year by AASA. Under his leadership, APS earned the Medallion of Excellence in June 2014 from Virginia’s U.S. Senate Productivity Award program based on Baldrige criteria and Arlington’s priority for continuous improvement.

Dr. Murphy is a native of Northern Virginia. He attended W.T. Woodson High School and received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from Virginia Tech. Read Dr. Murphy’s Resume to learn more about his career as an educator.

Superintendent’s Book Corner


chance in world






A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called HomeSteve Pemberton



My Beloved World –
Sonia Sotomayor

spins What Spins the Wheel –
Len Forkas
geog The New Geography
of Jobs
Enrico Moretti
nextam The Next America –
Paul Taylor
diversity Diversity Explosion
William H. Frey
vivaldi Whistling Vivaldi
Claude M. Steele



Patrick K. Murphy

Join us for @APSVirginia Substitute Job Fair for Federal Employees from 12-4 p.m. on Fri, Jan. 18 at the Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd.) Second Floor, Room 254. Submit your application at and make sure to bring two forms of ID. @HR4APS
Published January 16, 19 7:08AM

Patrick K. Murphy

Check out this month's "In the Loop with the Supe" video message for @APSVirginia staff: …. Great to see our team in schools this week after the well-deserved winter break. Welcome back and be safe this weekend! #APSisAwesome
Published January 11, 19 6:40AM