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

RT @RepDonBeyer: Thanks and congratulations to #VA8 Congressional Art Competition winner Dominick Cocozza and all of the many many talented…
Published May 21, 19 6:09AM

Patrick K. Murphy

It’s a wrap - another successful evening of honoring our exceptional team @APSVirginia. Special thanks to the School & Community Relations Team for organizing a stellar event to honor our staff #APSexcellence
Published May 14, 19 5:37PM

Patrick K. Murphy

One of my favorite events of the year @APSVirginia to honor our staff who make APS a great place to teach, work & learn. Honoring our Principal, Teacher and Support Employees of the Year #APSExcellence! Join me in celebrating them.
Published May 14, 19 3:58PM