Murray State Presidential Search

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.

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. 

  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 

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

Murray State University

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.

Randy Dunn Officially Named New SIU President

Feb 17, 2014
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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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

Jan 13, 2014

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.