In addition, Tom served on the Coastal Studies Institute’s Foundation Board, a fundraising arm of the Coastal Studies Institute. On this board, Tom worked closely with CSI founding Director Dr. Nancy White to raise funds for educational initiatives throughout Dare County and the region. “Tom Murphy was an invaluable asset to the founding and establishment of CSI. Not only was he tireless, but he understood on a very profound level the inherent value of a higher education program being located on the Outer Banks – not only to its citizens but as a resource to help understand and care for the many rare and special environments of the region.”, states Dr. Nancy White. Dr. White served from 2003 to 2016 as CSI’s founding director.
ECU and CSI are indebted to Tom for his work to get higher education off the ground in Dare County. “We are saddened to hear of the loss of such an influential man in our community. Tom’s commitment to youth and education is evident in the legacy he leaves behind, we are forever grateful for the foundation that he and others created to make CSI and the ECU Outer Banks Campus possible”, states Dr. Reide Corbett, Dean of ECU Integrated Coastal Programs, and Executive Director of the Coastal Studies Institute.