Murray State Presidential Search

4:26 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

A Conversation with Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State's Next President

Coming from the West, Dr. Robert O. "Bob" Davies assumes the presidency of Murray State University this July. Dr. Davies and his sister thought of themselves as "university brats" growing up. Kate Lochte speaks with Davies about his family and his experiences interviewing for his new job, from his office at EOU.

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12:53 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

MSU Board Names Two Presidents Today Including Bob Davies

MSU's 12th President Tim Miller (Left) MSU's 13th President Bob Davies (Right)

The Murray State University Board of Regents named two presidents today during the Board’s quarterly meeting.

Current President Tim Miller has had “interim” listed before his title. Today, the board officially named Miller the 12th President of Murray State. A teary-eyed Miller was “completely surprised” by the announcement. 

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MSU Presidential Search
11:00 am
Sat March 8, 2014

MSU Presidential Finalists- At a Glance

(Left) James Smith (Right) Bob Davies

  Murray State hosts two finalists for the top job at the University on Monday and Tuesday. The finalists are Dr. Robert (Bob) O. Davies, current president of Eastern Oregon University, and Dr. James (Jim) M. Smith, current president of Northern State University in South Dakota.

A third candidate self-selected out of consideration due to health concerns.

Here is how the candidates have explained how their past experiences in university leadership and future goals qualify them best for MSU president.

Bob Davies 

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Higher Education
7:12 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Northern State University President James Smith is Second MSU Presidential Finalist

The second presidential finalist for Murray State's Presidency will visit campus Monday and Tuesday.   James (Jim) Smith has been president at Northern State University since 2009. 

The following is information gleaned from Northern State University's bio of Smith.

James Smith

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9:36 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies is One of Two Presidential Finalists

Murray State Presidential Candidate Robert (B0b) O. Davies  is the first to visit campus. Davies is one of two finalists for MSU's top job. A third candidate self-selected out of consideration due to health concerns. 

Davies' itinerary is at the end of this post.

The following is information from Davies' bio page at his current institution, Eastern Oregon University.

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Higher Education
2:47 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Randy Dunn Officially Named New SIU President

Credit Youngstown State University


Southern Illinois University’s next president is Randy Dunn.

According to WSIU, Trustees made the announcement today at the SIU Edwardsville campus.

Board Chairman Randal Thomas says he doesn’t expect big changes from Dunn right away, but expects he’ll leave his mark sooner rather than later. 

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12:05 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

How Much Notice is 'Ample' Ahead of MSU Presidential Candidates' Visits?

Wells Hall is the home of Murray State's "Office of the President"

Murray State’s faculty and staff would like ample time to review the presidential candidates before the Board of Regents selects the next president. At present, planned visits from three finalists are scheduled March 11-13.  The board would likely select MSU’s next president on Friday, March 14 during its quarterly meeting.

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3:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Murray State University Presidential Search Committee Narrows Candidates to Three


Murray State University’s presidential search committee narrowed its search to three finalists in a unanimous decision at today’s closed meeting.

Committee Chairman Steve Williams says the finalists’ names likely won’t be released until next month and that Board of Regents Chairman Constantine Curris will make that decision.

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4:52 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Narrowing The Field-MSU Presidential Search Committee Meets Friday

The Murray State Presidential Search Committee meets Friday to narrow the list of candidates from 10 to a short list of finalists. The closed session discussions, which begin shortly after 10 a.m., will be in MSU’s Alexander Hall.  

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4:10 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Williams: "I Think We've Met Our Next President..."

MSU Search Committee Chairman Stephen Williams

Murray State’s Presidential Search Committee Chairman says he and the search committee have met MSU’s next president. Williams’ statement accompanied an MSU press release about the weekend’s interviews of the top ten candidates.

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