Director of Statewide Initiatives and the Arizona College Access Network
Roxanne Dewyer-Murphy is the Director of Statewide Initiatives and the Arizona College Access Network. Prior to this position, she held the position of Program Director for the Northern Arizona College Access Center at Northern Arizona University where she was responsible for the development of the college access centers in Coconino and Yavapai Counties. In addition, she has provided leadership through collaborating with school district personnel, college access professionals and higher education institution staff members to increase the number of students who benefit from a postsecondary education.
Her work in the education field led her to become involved in several organizations throughout the state that seek to ensure quality postsecondary opportunities for every child. She has served as a board member of the College Success Arizona Advisory Council, a member with the LAUNCH Flagstaff community, and a council member for the ACT State Council. Additionally, she was on the Governor’s Commission on Youth and Volunteerism for two years where she encouraged Arizonan efforts in service and volunteer involvement.
Her sense of civic commitment began in her home state of Michigan. After she graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a minor in Bioethics, Humanities and Society. She moved to Ghana to do a term of service with Peace Corps. There she served as a science teacher for junior high students and a computer teacher for the village. When she returned to her birthplace of Detroit, MI, she became a preschool teacher and taught until moving to Arizona to complete a term of service with AmeriCorps.
Roxanne holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and enjoys gardening and cooking.