Murphy becomes royal at Elizabeth City State University

By Chase Jordan -


Parsell Murphy Jr. is looking forward to becoming an ambassador after earning an elite position at his future alma mater.

The Roseboro native recently became Mr. Elizabeth City State University for 2016-2017. He was a member of university’s 2015-2016 Royal Court. With the help of faculty, staff and alumni of ECSU, the group interacts with student and community members, while serving as positive representatives for the university in eastern North Carolina. He was previously Mr. Junior and is now the king. For Murphy it was an honor.

During the voting process, Murphy campaigned for the title. His journey to success to ECSU began many years ago in Sampson County. He grew up in Roseboro and attended Lakewood High School where he played football, basketball, track and participated in marching band.

Murphy enjoyed the close-knit community provided in Sampson County and a town just shy of 2,000 people.

“You can go to the store and talk to someone for an hour because you know who they are or because they’re friendly,” Murphy said.

After graduating in 2013, he made his way towards ECSU. He’s currently majoring in business administration with a concentration in management.Murphy’s decision to attend ECSU after a few Lakewood High School graduates attended the university and spoke highly of it.

“I knew I would be forward abundance of opportunities at Elizabeth City State University,” Murphy once stated on the university’s website. “The name “Elizabeth City” just stuck out to me as well as being that my matriculation would be paid in full if I attended.”

The upcoming collegiate senior plans to graduate in 2017 and is looking forward to making his family an community proud. He’s going to continue his studies by pursuing his master’s in business administration.

Murphy was also Mr. Alpha Kappa Alpha for 2014-2015 and is an Admission and Music Department Ambassador. He also participates in the school’s band and plays the alto saxophone.

In 2015, Murphy won a $5,000 scholarship from Nationwide during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s CIAA- Nationwide Tuition Challenge competition. According to an ECSU news release, he applied for the contest which provides scholarships to assist competitors from CIAA universities with tuition fees. During a February 2015 game, he won a shooting contest and hadn’t played since his high school days.

“The whole time, I still was hearing my former coach saying ‘Always play fast, but never in a hurry.’” Murphy said. “In the end, I succeeded by my determination, my coach’s advice, and by the grace of God. Because through God all things are possible, I am my HBCU, Viking Pride.”

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By Chase Jordan


Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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