Murphy MacLean Retires from RSENR Business Service Center after 30 Years
- By Shari Halik
Murphy MacLean (UVM '06), financial transaction specialist in the Rubenstein School business service center, retired this January after 30 years of service to the School. Her job duties transformed dramatically over the years from the time she began working in the School in 1983.
As a secretary I, she answered phones, greeted visitors, and did typing, filing, and photocopying for faculty and staff in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and the Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center. As her responsibilities grew, Murphy’s job title escalated to secretary II, then to secretary III, and then to staff assistant. She served as administrative support for a long list of faculty and began taking on more financial responsibilities. In addition, she undertook maintenance of the School’s website and intranet; assisted faculty with individual teaching and research websites and UVM’s online teaching system, Blackboard; and edited the Water Center’s newsletter with Director Breck Bowden.
Later in her career, as UVM's business processes became more demanding and technical, she joined the School's Business Service Center. There, she processed requisitions and purchase orders for outside vendors; handled income and expense reports, check requests, and photocopier and vehicle charges; and reconciled faculty and staff credit card purchases and travel and expense reports, among many other duties. With her in-depth knowledge of UVM business policies and procedures, Murphy was the first stop in the RSENR business office and worked closely with Rose Feenan, business manager, and Kathleen Wells, business analyst.
Rose sums it up nicely. "When Murphy finally and officially became part of the business team, I remember the excitement she shared at one of our staff meetings over the administrative restructuring that former Dean Mary Watzin was implementing – being part of a team whose primary goal was to support the business transactions of faculty and staff of the School in the most efficient and effective way. THIS was what Murphy was born to do!"
Taking advantage of tuition remission benefits at UVM, Murphy began enrolling in courses in 1986. “In 10 years, I had built up quite a repertoire of credits and decided to apply to the College of Education and Social Services,” she explains. Murphy graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in human development and family studies. That same year, she did her required internship with Women Helping Battered Women in Burlington. Every Saturday for eight months, she worked the hotline and concluded that the field of counseling was not for her.
Nonetheless, she is proud of her college degree, her 30 years at UVM, and her longstanding, devoted career in the Rubenstein School. She enjoyed working with a team in the business office and will miss the community in the Aiken Center. “Everyone made me feel like I was making a difference in their financial lives,” she says.
A native Vermonter and true “Do-It-Yourselfer,” Murphy has many home projects planned for retirement, including staining the porch and shed, removing small trees to open up the yard, planting a vegetable garden, and constructing a terrace garden on the hill behind her house. Most of all, she will enjoy spending more time with her husband, David, and their five cats at home in Essex, Vermont.