Professor David R. Katz III has been in a college classroom
for 32 years teaching just about every conceivable higher education cohort
there is, from adult learners to traditional college students, athletes in
intercollegiate competition, and inmates within New York State correctional
facilities. In addition to teaching within his academic discipline, he has
coached basketball on the varsity high school, NJCAA Div. III, and NCAA Div.
III levels. He has also taught Social/Ballroom dancing professionally and spent
his college summers as a life guard and Red Cross Swimming Instructor. To say
teaching is in his blood may be a bit of an understatement!
Currently David is the Executive Director of Organizational
Development at Mohawk Valley Community College. In that role he creates,
implements and oversees programs aimed at the development of a vibrant culture
of personal and professional enrichment that reinforces organizational goals
focused around student success and empowerment. He is also directly involved in
mentoring faculty and staff on pedagogical, motivational and leadership issues
at MVCC, at community college campuses throughout America, at national
educational conferences, and to public and corporate audiences.
David holds an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Camden County
Community College, NJ, a BA from the University of Massachusetts with a major
in Political Science and a minor in Secondary Education, and an MA in Political
Science from Villanova University, PA.
He is an endurance athlete who enjoys running, biking, cross
country skiing, hiking and mountaineering; usually accompanied by his wife Marilyn and
their three family dogs, Scout, Wags, and Winston. His other outdoor passion is
fly fishing for trout in pristine back country mountain streams in beautiful
areas of the country.
At the center of it all is his aforementioned wife, soul
mate, dance partner and best girlfriend ever Marilyn! Although the good Dr.
Marilyn D. Murphy has a thriving practice as a clinical psychologist, she still
often manages to accompany David on his professional travel adventures. Marilyn
and David also have three grown children (Erin, David, and Daniel) that they
love spending time with.