Doug Murphy is the Regional Administrator for FAA's Southern Region that includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He is the FAA Administrator's principal representative and Senior Executive for this region, its 7,800 employees, and $2+ billion operating budget with headquarters located in College Park, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.
Mr. Murphy served as the Regional Administrator for FAA's Northwest Mountain Region from October 2003 until transferring to Southern Region in October of 2006. Prior to this, he served as Manager of FAA's Southwest Region Air Traffic Division for eight years. A controller by profession, Mr. Murphy has held a number of key executive and management positions during his 43-year FAA career including assignments in five FAA regions, the FAA Academy and FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he served as Director of Air Traffic Program Management.
Doug Murphy also served as the Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) for both the U.S. Department of Transportation's Region 10 in Seattle and Region 4 with headquarters in Atlanta. In this role, he provided executive leadership to ensure transportation emergency planning and response for Incidents of National Significance, including hurricanes and earthquakes.
Mr. Murphy, a member of FAA's Senior Executive Service for 19 years, has received more than 45 awards during his career including the Air Traffic Control Association's Quesada Award as the nation's outstanding air traffic manager. He received a Congressional Letter of Commendation for his leadership in rebuilding the air traffic controller work force while serving as Superintendent of the FAA's Academy in Oklahoma City. He also was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 2010. This is the highest honor awarded to an individual by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Mr. Murphy serves on the Board of Advisors, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors, Sky One Federal Credit Union and the Board of Directors, Aero Club of Atlanta.
Doug Murphy earned both Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Aviation Management, and is the author of a book titled "PATCO and the FAA: The Relationship and Its Effect on the Air Traffic System of the United States."