UCCS to honor Murphy with lifetime entrepreneur award

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The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is honoring Chuck Murphy, a longtime business leader and community volunteer, with its Business Lifetime Entrepreneurship award.

Murphy, founder of Murphy Constructors, will receive the award April 19 at a luncheon on campus. He’ll be recognized for his local successes and his community volunteer contributions.



Murphy started Murphy Constructors in 1960, originally Murphy & Co., which has renovated and restored several historic buildings including the Pioneers Museum, Phantom Canyon and the Cheyenne Building, The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, and the Manitou Springs Spa building. In addition to preserving local landmarks, Murphy Constructors’ long list of projects spanning more than 50 years has had a positive economic impact on both local employment and development.

Murphy has owned and operated several other businesses over the years including the Garden of the Gods Campground, Gray Line Tours of Colorado Springs, and Brookside Assisted Living.

“Chuck Murphy is a modern-day pioneer with his vision to improve and build our city. His community efforts as a volunteer, arts advocate, and civic voice are inspiring,” said Venkat Reddy, dean of the College of Business. “Chuck’s success is one which I hope our current students emulate.”

Past recipients are Gary Loo, Bruce Shepard, Joe Woodford and Cari Shaffer.

The award luncheon is a fundraising event to support College of Business scholarships and efforts to strengthen alumni, student, college and community connections. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. April 19 in the Gallogly Events Center on the UCCS campus.

Dean’s Circle sponsors of the award luncheon are ANB Bank, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Nunn Construction, Inc., Freedom Financial Services, Kirkpatrick Bank, Luisa Graff Jewelers, Gray Line Tours of Colorado Springs and the UCCS College of Business. Businesses wishing to sponsor a table or individuals wishing to purchase tickets at $150 each may do so through the event website, www.uccs.edu/LEA. Alumni of the UCCS College of Business receive a discounted ticket price of $95 per person.

In addition to his business pursuits, Murphy is also a supporter of the arts and the nonprofit community and has served on numerous boards including Pikes Peak Hospice, Pikes Peak Mental Health, Silver Key Senior Services, ComCor, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Discover Goodwill, Downtown Business Improvement District, Julie Penrose Center, Pikes Peak Highway Advisory Board, Downtown Partnership, Colorado Springs Planning Department and the Historic Preservation Alliance.