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Murphy Green Breathes New Life into the Heart of Campus

The heart of Iona University’s campus has come to life with the opening of the Murphy Green. This vibrant new landscape is thanks to the generosity of Joseph M. Murphy Sr. ’59, ’83H and his late wife, JoAnn M. Murphy ’98H, a longtime Iona trustee. Iona is busy writing the next chapter in its long and proud legacy, and the opening of the Murphy Green undoubtedly ushered in a
new beginning.

“On certain occasions, ideas and people and circumstances align, resulting in something that is transformational. This new space is the result of one of those occasions,” said President Seamus Carey, Ph.D. “I cannot think of a better way to honor JoAnn Murphy and to carry forward the indelible legacy that Joe Murphy has established here at Iona.”

Joseph Murphy fondly recalled his time as a student at Iona and the combined 50 years he and his wife served on the Board of Trustees. Passionately driven by a commitment to the arts, the environment, service and student life at Iona, he said the new green is a beautiful culmination of the family’s commitment to Iona. Statistically, campus green spaces correlate with a higher quality of life and higher cognitive and academic performance, making this new space even more relevant.

“This is the cornerstone of the Murphys’ interests in Iona. And I can’t think of anything that could be more beautiful.”

— Joseph M. Murphy Sr. ’59, ’83H

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