Bob Davies

Murray State University

As legislators debate Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget, which includes a 9-percent cut to higher education funding, university leaders are working to convince lawmakers of the impacts the cuts would have. Meanwhile, education officials are contemplating a switch to a performance-based funding model.

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Gov. Matt Bevin said on Tuesday he would issue a 4.5 percent spending cut for the rest of this fiscal year to nearly all state agencies, including state universities. He also proposed cutting spending by 9 percent for the next two years.

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As Gov. Matt Bevin prepares to present his two-year budget to the state's legislative chambers discussions are arising over his plans regarding funding higher education.

Murray State University President Bob Davies recently spent several days meeting with state leaders in Frankfort to discuss the issue. 

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This holiday season, many people are looking forward to a bit of a break before heading into the new year.  But for Murray State University President Bob Davies, that break is tempered with the knowledge that January 2016 is a budget year for the Kentucky General Assembly.  This likely means a renewed debate over higher education funding in the Commonwealth.  Dr. Davies sits down with Todd Hatton to talk about what else is ahead for MSU in 2016 and what's been achieved in 2015.

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With classes already underway, Murray State University President Bob Davies stopped by the WKMS studios to  give an update on leadership staffing changes that occurred over the summer as well as a look forward at future and current construction projects.


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Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King says Kentucky’s recent strides in economic recovery have not been reflected in its funding for higher education.

The CPE was at Murray State University Tuesday evening as part of its series of town hall debates to gather input on the new five-year strategic initiative plan.

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Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies says the university's strategic plan process is in “the final stretch” and will be presented to the Board of Regents June 6.

Davies also discussed the institution’s reaction to a Murray State News article alleging difficulty for students reporting sexual assault to university officials and the review of reporting procedures. 

Below you can hear the full interview with Davies.  


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“By the authority granted to the Board of Regents, it is my distinct privilege to install Dr. Robert O. Davies as the thirteenth president of Murray State University.”

And with those words from Board of Regents Chairman Harry Lee Waterfield, Dr. Robert O. Davies officially assumed the leadership of MSU.  

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Dr. Bob Davies will officially become Murray State University’s 13th president at an investiture ceremony on campus Friday. There, he’ll give a speech titled “Endeavor, Hope and Achievement,” named after the three stars in the university’s logo.

Davies spoke with WKMS’ Chad Lampe about his time on campus thus far as well as his plans for today’s event.

He says while he’s honored to be a part of the ceremony, it’s really about the university and its goals as well as the community at large.

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Murray State President Bob Davies visited the WKMS studios for the latest in a series of monthly conversations on the state of the university. He spoke with Chad Lampe on implementing MSU’s upcoming campus-wide tobacco ban, his thoughts on a performance funding for higher education institutions in Kentucky and other topics from last week’s Board of Regents meeting.

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