USGA Vice President Diana M. Murphy has been nominated to succeed Thomas O’Toole Jr. as association president in 2016, the USGA was to announce today.
Murphy, a 59-year-old private equity executive who lives in St. Simons Island, Ga., is completing her fifth year on the USGA Executive Committee and second as vice president, having served previously as treasurer in 2013. The USGA will elect its 2016 officers at its annual meeting Feb. 6 in San Diego.
Murphy would become only the second woman to be USGA president, after Judy Bell, who served in 1996-97.
Murphy currently chairs the Championship and Compensation committees and serves on the Audit and Corporate Partners committees. She has been formally associated with the USGA since 1996, when she became a member of the USGA Membership Committee.
She joined the Executive Committee in 2011, and has chaired several committees during her tenure, including the Commercial (2012-13), Compensation (2014-15), Finance (2012-14) and U.S. Senior Amateur Championship (2014) committees, in addition to her current responsibilities.
Murphy is the managing director of Rocksolid Holdings LLC, a private equity firm focused on small business and real estate in the Southeast. She also is managing director of the Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund, which supports the state’s public and private research universities. Past appointments include managing director of Chartwell Capital Management Co., a private equity firm in Jacksonville, Fla., for 11 years, and senior vice president of The Baltimore Sun Co. for 15 years.
An active community supporter, Murphy has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia since 2006, spearheading the establishment of the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center in 2008, among other activities. She is a member of the executive committee of the College of Coastal Georgia, and played an instrumental role in developing its master plan as it moved from a two-year to a four-year institution. She is the non-executive chairman of Landstar System Inc. and a board member of CTS Corporation, both public companies.
Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University in 1978 and holds an advanced executive business degree from Northwestern University.