Classroom in Engineering Hall named in honor of Murphy

October 8, 2013
David J. Murphy

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. —University of Wisconsin-Platteville classroom 307 in Engineering Hall has taken on a new name.

The MSA Legacy Classroom for David J. Murphy was established on Oct. 4 in honor of Murphy’s retirement from 39 years with MSA Professional Services. MSA and Murphy’s family, friends and coworkers contributed to the $100,000 gift in honor of Murphy’s impact.

“I’m still quite overwhelmed and humbled with the generosity of my family, friends and coworkers at MSA,” said Murphy. “It must have been apparent to those around me how important the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is to me. My experience at UW-Platteville was not just about academics. I also developed social and leadership skills that were vastly important throughout my entire career.”

Headquartered in Baraboo, Wis., MSA is a full-service consulting firm that provides technical services to help communities function in everyday life. Murphy had a large impact on the firm, helping them expand from a single office of 15 people in Baraboo to employing approximately 300 people—including more than 50 UW-Platteville graduates—in 15 different offices throughout the upper Midwest.

Murphy is a 1970 graduate of UW-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a 1974 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering.

After graduating from UW-Platteville, Murphy started his working career at Holmes and Narver Inc. in McMurdo, Antarctica as an assistant field party processing manager. In 1971, he became a project engineer for Rockford Sanitary District and then joined MSA Professional Services in 1974.

“Dave may not have been the recognizable face of MSA, but in truth he was the force that ran the operation from behind the scenes for many years,” said Gil Hantzsch, president and CEO of MSA Professional Services. “He led the company through its most difficult days and throughout his career he never changed who he was. He remained humbled and dedicated up until his very last days of work.”

Throughout the years, Murphy has helped UW-Platteville through support to numerous projects, including the New Engineering Facility Project, the General Scholarship Fund, the UW-Platteville Community Scholarship for Baraboo High School and General Operations.

“It’s lifelong supporters like Dave who help bring this university forward and uncover new areas of innovation,” said UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields.

Murphy said his pride and support for UW-Platteville will never fade. “I have always supported UW-Platteville throughout the years and will continue to do so in the future,” he said.

Contact: Natalie Adams, UW-Platteville Foundation, (608) 732-4063,

Written by: Carly Willman, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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MSA Legacy Classroom for David J. Murphy Dedication Ceremony - October 4, 2013

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