West Virginia University at Parkersburg has named Darlene Murphy, principal for Van Devender Middle School, its 2017 Alumna of the Year. She was formally presented with her award at the college’s spring commencement ceremony on May 6. A special ceremony was also held at Van Devender on May 4.
“Principal Murphy does not rest on her laurels and her title,” said Dr. David Lancaster, chair of WVU Parkersburg’s Education division. “She sets out to make a difference by helping take youth from where they were, to where they have not been; to adventure forward with confidence.”
In 2002, Murphy began her journey at WVU Parkersburg as the first of her family to attend college. Murphy completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education while raising her three sons. She holds a master’s in elementary education from Marshall University and a master’s in educational leadership from Wheeling Jesuit University. She was a soldier in the National Guard and also worked closely with the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.
“We are proud to present Darlene with this award. She is truly inspiring, and I hope her continued involvement with WVU-P encourages other students and alumni to pursue their dreams,” said Peshka Calloway, WVU Parkersburg alumni relations specialist.