UHV to kick off new alumni networking luncheon series

Tammy and David Murphy drinking for a Chick-Fil-A cup
Tammy and David Murphy are the keynote speakers Oct. 30 for the first UHV Alumni Networking Luncheon in the UHV University Commons Multi-Purpose Room.

The University of Houston-Victoria is kicking off a new quarterly Alumni Networking Luncheon series with a presentation from alumni David and Tammy Murphy, owners and operators of Victoria’s Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Kira Mudd

The first Alumni Networking Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30 in the UHV University Commons Multi-Purpose Room, 3006 N. Ben Wilson St. The inaugural event will be free, as the Murphys are providing lunch.

“These luncheons will be excellent opportunities for the university to stay connected with its alumni and for alumni to find connections with each other,” said Kira Mudd, UHV director of alumni relations and annual giving. “We’ve offered fun activities before such as trips to sporting events, but these will focus on bringing our alumni together and sharing stories and information that they might find interesting or important.”

David and Tammy earned UHV Bachelor of Science in business administration and management degrees in 1994 and 1995, respectively. David began his business career working for Lacks Stores Inc. before becoming a Chick-fil-A owner and operator in San Antonio. In 2009, he became the owner and operator of the Victoria Chick-fil-A. Tammy opened the Ice Cream Depot in the Victoria Mall when she was 20.

The Murphys plan to share their story about how they became Chick-fil-A franchise owners and how they incorporate Chick-fil-A’s philosophy of caring for others into their lives and business.

“No matter what job a person has or what work he is doing, caring for others is vital,” David said. “There’s no segment of any industry where people don’t have the opportunity to care for or encourage someone else. We value that philosophy, and it’s helped us find success while assisting others along the way.”

The Murphys are looking forward to the question-and-answer portion of their presentation, and they are excited to be the first speakers in the series, David said.

“We’re proud to be asked to take part in this series because we love UHV and what it has done for us and our community,” he said. “It’s going to be a great experience, and we are look forward to interacting with fellow alumni.”

Alumni can register to attend by logging on to and clicking on the luncheon under the Event Calendar. For more information, contact Mudd at 361-570-4869 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.