It’s all about relationships for David Murphy.
The owner of two Chick-fil-A franchises in Victoria wanted to attend a college where he could study business while also staying in touch with friends and creating new ones at home.
“Victoria College was an opportunity for me to continue relationships I had made in my hometown,” Murphy said. “It was also easy to create new relationships at VC among the faculty and other students.”
Murphy opted to attend Victoria College for two years before transferring to the University of Houston-Victoria, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in business.
“Victoria College was a nice bridge between high school and going on to the university setting,” Murphy said. “I gained study skills and became more independent. I liked the smaller atmosphere. I liked the more intimate setting with classmates and getting to know the professors on a whole different level than I might have otherwise.”
As a business owner, Murphy understands the importance of his employees demonstrating the “soft skills” that are vital in customer relations. He said the intimate setting at Victoria College helps students to develop such skills.
“Many of my team members at Chick-fil-A are students or former students of Victoria College,” Murphy said. “Community colleges provide courses and an environment that can help students develop and hone those soft skills they will need before they go out and seek jobs.”
Murphy now serves on the board of directors for the VC Foundation, which provides financial support for scholarships, faculty and staff development, technology, capital needs, and other VC initiatives. He said he is proud of the impact his alma mater continues to make on the Crossroads region.
“I love that Victoria College provides industry-specific education and training for careers that pertain to Victoria, Texas,” Murphy said. “Most of the people who benefit from the education and training offered by Victoria College remain here in our area. That helps with job growth and helps the industries continue to make Victoria what it is.”
Murphy has enjoyed creating more lasting relationships while serving the community college where his business training began.
“I love to be able to serve the college I attended,” Murphy said. “It’s nice to give back and pay forward the things that I received and helped me along my journey.”