Bill Murphy, Winona State dean, allegedly took photos of naked male students in his office

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Murphy was hired to Winona State's College of Business faculty in 1989.
In September, Bill Murphy was fired from his position as dean of Winona State University's College of Business. On Friday, it was revealed he was terminated because he's a raging pervert.

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An independent investigation instigated by the school found that Murphy had inappropriate relationships with a number of male students and took photos of some of them in his office in various states of undress. He also downloaded a lifetime's worth of pornographic photos on his work computer.

Murphy hasn't been charged with any crimes, as all of the students involved were over the age of 18.

The Winona Daily News details Murphy's scandalous office photo shoots:
In some photos, the students were fully clothed, and in others they were shirtless. Several photos from 2009 showed one student in various states of undress, including naked from the waist down and facing the camera, according to the [school's investigative] report. In most cases, the students were standing in a particular corner of Murphy's office that was not visible from the outside.

The report detailed how Murphy built mentoring relationships almost exclusively with male students, meeting with them one-on-one in his office. The conversations often began with talk about the students' grades and future goals, but then moved into areas that made the students feel uncomfortable and violated, like discussing their insecurities, their relationships and their sex lives, the report said.

In one case, Murphy asked a student to describe his private parts, and asked the student to crouch on his hands and knees so Murphy could kick him, the report said. When the investigator asked Murphy about the incident, Murphy responded that he frequently gave the men what he called his "kick in the butt" speech to motivate them, but that it was never meant to be taken literally.
Though the school's investigation was completed on September 20 -- one day before Murphy was fired -- the release of the investigative report was delayed "because of an ongoing grievance process between the university and Murphy's collective bargaining unit," the Daily News reports.

As a result of that "grievance process," Murphy ended up receiving $3,500 of severance pay. His union sought $30,000.

Pays to be a perv, apparently.

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mymorgan19
mymorgan19

can anyone tell me more about this guy,  we were looking for the family of bill/carol murphy ,  she had 2 kids [boy/girl] from previous marriage  ,they had 2 more together,  she also worked in the edu system,  we lived in kentucky at the time we know them, i am worried because he  was close to our 2 boys when they lived by us 

anyone have more information on his family 

thanks 


bradpetrie2783
bradpetrie2783

In the fall of 2009, I was asked to speak with Mr. Murphy,(I refuse to honor him as a "Dr.") because I had registered for a class that I hadn't "qualified" for. (It was a 400 level course, and I hadn't taken the pre-requisite) The mistake was unbeknownst to me, because the system had allowed me to enter the class, and I thought nothing of it at the time. I then received a letter, and was asked to explain to Dr. Murphy how I had been able to circumvent the system to register for the class. The upcoming semester would be my last at WSU if I was able to take the class. (Somehow the system had allowed me to take the pre-requisite concurrently with the higher-level course.) So, I explained to him that I had registered for both courses using the enrollment software that all students use to register for classes. He told me this was impossible, and called me a blatant liar. He said I must have talked to one of the higher-ups in the department to get around the pre-requisite. It was at this point that I felt entirely defeated. The most highly revered man, in the department that I was to graduate from, didn't believe a word I said, and was questioning my integrity. This was the man I had to convince to allow me to take both courses at the same time so that I could graduate. If I couldn't do that, I would be forced to stay at WSU for another semester, and thusly, the finances that went along with it. I was crushed. I was devastated. Murphy could sense it. He asked to leave the room, and investigate the issue further with the registrar's office. (It makes me wonder if this what he was really doing...) So there I was, sitting in his office, with sweat-stained pits, for what felt like an eternity. When he returned, he asked me why I looked so defeated. I told him, "If I can't take this class, I have to spend another year at Winona State. That means that I'll be taking one class, yet still be on the hook for an entire semester's worth of expenses. Most importantly, you don't believe me." It was at this time that Mr. Murphy turned the conversation. He said that he had checked with the registrar's office, and that my story checked out. He told me that I hadn't done anything wrong, and that he apologized for his accusations. He then asked me about my background, where I came from, what I did for fun. There was some back and forth about how he enjoyed cooking, baking cakes, more specifically, and I told him that I also enjoyed this, as I had grown up in the restaurant industry for the majority of my young, working life. After the rapport had been built, Mr. Murphy had told me that he respected my views on life, and that he would extend an offer to be a part of his mentoring program at Winona State. I immediately agreed. However, I'll never forget the feeling that I had during that conversation. I'll preface my next sentence by saying this; I'm an attractive guy. At the very least, I'm not displeasing to look at. With that being said, I've been hit on several times by closet cases. Respected, distinguished men with wives, children, etc. I had that inkling then, and discovering this news today has only cemented my belief that Bill Murphy attempted this with several young men. He never fully crossed the line with me, because I believe he knew I wasn't going to be manipulated. I'm just happy to hear that no more young men will have suffer through that uncomfortable gaze anymore. 

DISGUSTED
DISGUSTED

He's married. His wife is frickin crazy. He has 4 kids. One in Winona, one in Nebraska, one in Kansas, and one in IA who is also a professor. He spends a decent amount of time with his 2 grand kids, too....

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Business prof., huh?  Is there more?  Is he a moralistic right-winger (many of them are)?  Married?  In or Out?

Anne C. Welch
Anne C. Welch

Hmmmmm curious if people would respond so strongly if this were male/female. How exactly is it perverted? Because of the age difference?? As the article indicated they were all over 18. Either way (hetero/homo) its abuse of power, agreed. But the outcry sounds more homophobic than anything.

Dean P. Cummings
Dean P. Cummings

If only public college professors weren't required to be celibate this never would have happened... oh wait...

Dean P. Cummings
Dean P. Cummings

If only public college professors weren't required to be celibate this never would have happened... oh wait...

Cara Luebke
Cara Luebke

As a WSU student, this was absolutely appalling and a horrible thing for us all to learn about. We're disgusted.

Dee Gee
Dee Gee

And this guy will be prosecuted .......when? Shouldn't Winona State be asking for their money back in a clawback, for misconduct by this guy while in office?

Tammy Makram
Tammy Makram

This creep not only did not get charged with any crime, but got severance pay. What a sad statement that makes as to how important the lives of the students this man probably ruined is.

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