Joshua Murfree Jr. is superintendent of the Dougherty County School System.
“On the Job With ...” is a weekly feature of Sunday Inc. Today’s session is with Dr. Joshua Murfree Jr., superintendent of the public school system in Dougherty County. He shared his answers with Terry Lewis.
Q: If you were fresh out of school, what would you first do in searching for a job?
A: Actually, I would have begun my search for a job or either further my education prior to completing my degree. I would have searched the website for geographical locations where I would consider residing. Check the search engines for specific job titles, applied for at least five positions and have my resume, references available upon request, transcripts and letters of interest ready to be mailed or transmitted to potential employers.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked as a counselor for a Halfway House in Savannah. My clients had diagnostic impressions of dementia praecox and schizophrenia.
Q: What was the first thing you bought with your first paycheck?
A: I actually gave my first paycheck to mother as a thank you.
Q: Who was your role model or mentor in your current job?
A: My mentors are Anthony, Thomas, Melvin and Cornelius. I can trust them and they believe in me.
Q: How has the recession affected education?
A: It has caused the removal of teachers from the classroom, the cutback of planning days as well as an increase in morale problems.
Q: If you could turn back the clock on one aspect of technology (email, Internet, cell phones, etc.) what would it be?
Q: I am up and going by ...?
A: 5:30 a.m.
Q: Favorite hobby or activity outside of work?
A: To travel, read and meet people.
Q: If you could take back one decision in your career, what would it be?
A: There are not any regrets.
Q: What’s the best thing about your job?
A: The opportunity to lead, share, teach and serve as a positive role model and mentor for others. I was highlighted in Ebony for mentoring around the country and globally as well as establishing mentoring programs.
Q: What’s the worst thing about your job?
A: Not being able to impact all facets of education and make improvements fast enough for students.
Q: What was the most beneficial course you took in school?
A: Research Design and Analysis and Statistics.
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: I am in it. I love what I am doing!
Q: Finish this: “On the first anniversary of my retirement” I see myself ...
A: Traveling, speaking and building mentoring programs throughout the country for different forms of non-profit organizations.
Q: What is the one trait an educational leader cannot be without?
Q: What do you see as Albany’s biggest education challenge?
A: Agendas that do not have anything to do with assisting children.
Q: What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in education over the past several years?
A: The political force that drives testing, class size and choice in education.
Q: What was the best vacation you ever took?
A: The trips to London and Paris. The jazz festivals in San Jose were great as well.
Q: Any parting words of wisdom?
A: If you can control a situation to make a change, do it. If you cannot control a situation, do not worry about it, and never sell your soul to the devil no matter what.