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Murray State University’s newest freshman class shows a smaller but higher-achieving group.  


The MSU Board of Regents approved new, tougher admission standards this past June, including a minimum 18 ACT composite score.  These standards won't go into effect until the 2016 fall semester.

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Murray State University’s Board of Regents will consider organizational structure changes at is quarterly meeting tomorrow.

MSU President Bob Davies has hinted at the changes in previous interviews. Davies mentioned a marketing strategy for the university that he said could prompt some changes in that area.

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Murray State University President Bob Davies is moving forward with his strategic planning process. 

Davies presented his 2015-2022 Strategic Plan for improving the institution today at MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium.

The plan comes with the vision statement "Murray State University is the University of Choice."

The Murray State University Board of Regents has set its March 2014 meeting to coincide with the final presidential candidates' visits to campus. 

Board Chair Constantine Curris told regents at Friday's quarterly meeting they should plan to be on campus from March 11-15 to meet with Witt/Kieffer consultants and the presidential finalists. The board decided to keep the presidential search confidential until the finalists are chosen. Then they will release the names to the community. 

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Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman Constantine Curris says the board has come to a consensus that the presidential search should be confidential up until the final stages.

The regents discussed confidentiality at their annual retreat Thursday. Curris says the kind of candidate Murray State is looking for should be open to some exposure.

Presidential Search Committee Witt/Kieffer told a Murray State University’s Presidential Search Committee Wednesday that it would be best to keep the names and specific details of the search process confidential.

Witt/Kieffer Managing Partner John Thornburgh told the Presidential Search Committee keeping those details under wraps would open the pool to higher quality candidates who might not want their name announced publicly. Committee Chairman Pro-tem Harry Lee Waterfield said the regents want to bring the best candidates in and will consider Thornburgh’s advice.

We feel there’s a trend nationally for really good candidates to want to not be in an open process where their name is battered about and we don’t want to limit the pool,” Waterfield said. “We’re going to try to find a way to have a process that’s open but maybe not as wide open as some in the past.”

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Communications Director Kerri Richardson says the Governor won’t pursue the Presidency at Murray State University. Beshear has been rumored as a potential candidate during the past few months.

MSU is in the process of hiring a search firm to compile and filter candidates for the job. MSU hopes to hire a new president in spring 2014.  Governor Beshear is in his second term which ends in 2015. The job would’ve offered Beshear a chance to boost his state retirement benefits. The presidential job pays nearly double the Governor’s salary.