Ed Murphy, MBA

Adjunct Professor of Finance

Ed Murphy joined the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) in 2019 as an adjunct professor of finance. He worked for over 30 years in the corporate world, primarily focused on corporate finance/accounting. As Senior Vice-President of Strategic Transactions, he headed the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) department at SAIC and led over $3 billion in transactions, overseeing valuation, negotiation & integration activities. Prior to that, as Corporate Vice-President, he was the senior financial & accounting manager of the aerospace segment of SAIC. Since joining PLNU, he has taught Investments and Business Finance while incorporating practical personal/life finance topics. Ed graduated from Georgetown University with a double-major in Finance and Accounting and received his MBA from Pepperdine University. He serves as Treasurer and a Board member of Workshops for Warriors (non-profit training entity), member and current chair of Solana Beach Budget & Finance Commission and provides occasional pro bono personal finance and investment advisory services. He also provides corporate finance/merger & acquisition advisory services on a limited basis.


  • MBA, Pepperdine University
  • B.S., Finance and Accounting, Georgetown University 

Courses Taught

  • Investments - FIN 4015/BFN 4015, FIN 3035

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Adjunct Professor of Finance, 2018-Present 
  • SAIC, Senior Vice President, Strategic Transactions, 1991-2012
  • SAIC, Corporate Vice President and Controller, Aerospace and Defense Systems Sector, 1981-1991 
  • Dynalectron, Group Finance Manager and Accounting Manager (Middle East Technical Services, Ltd.), 1978-1981

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Board Member and Treasurer, Workshops for Warriors 
  • Chair of Solana Beach City Budget and Finance Commission 
  • Past Interviewer for area Georgetown University applicants 
  • Tutoring at Casa De Amistad