Murray State University

Higher Education
2:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Murray State Alumnus Prepared to Divert Donations to Dunn's Legal Costs

Dr. Richard Hurt
Credit Mayo Clinic

A prominent Murray State Alumnus' letter to the Board of Regents and Governor Steve Beshear urges the reinstatement of President Randy Dunn and the resignation of Board Chairman Dr. Constantine Curris.

Dr. Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic is known internationally for his work on nicotine dependence. MSU’s board of regents voted 7 to 4 on March 15th not to renew president Dunn’s contract. Hurt, in his letter, encourages Dunn to fight his termination in court.

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Commentary
9:59 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Murray State Professor Issues "Observations" of BOR Committee Report on University Progress

Fred Miller
Credit MSU

In response to an Open Records request, Murray State’s Board of Regents has released the ad hoc report upon which Regents based their decision not to renew President Randy Dunn’s contract.  That report contains some data that is also part of our SACS reaccreditation process, which is entering its most critical period.  If this report is credible and sufficiently negative to justify non-renewal of the President’s contract, it could have a direct, substantial and negative impact on our reaccreditation effort. 

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Society
1:04 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Murray State Student Dies in Car Crash

A Murray State University student died this weekend in a car crash south of Murray on U.S. Highway 641. The Kentucky State Police reported Daniel Milam, 24, of Memphis, TN  was pronounced dead at the scene just after 3:00 on Saturday. Troopers are still investigating the cause of the single vehicle accident. 

Milam is the second Murray State student to die in a vehicle crash since January. Shelby Theiss,20 of Louisville died in a collision with a tractor trailer on a bridge east of Murray.

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Higher Education
5:07 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Student Regent Says His Vote Against Dunn Doesn't Reflect Survey Results

Murray State University ​student regent Jeremiah Johnson has recovered a ​student ​survey that assessed President Randy Dunn's performance​ he originally claim​ed​ to have been lost. Johnson now says the results were largely positive but he won’t release those survey results to the public​, claiming the university attorney should decide whether it is a public document​.

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Higher Education
8:14 am
Thu April 4, 2013

MSU President Speaks Out Regarding Ad-Hoc Contract Review Committee Report

Hear the full interview with MSU President Dunn

Murray State University President Randy Dunn is speaking out publicly for the first time regarding a draft report from a Board of Regents ad-hoc contract review committee. The report depicts university progress and/or lack thereof during Dunn’s six year tenure. Faculty Senate and Staff Congress members questioned board chairman Dr. Constantine Curris about many aspects of the report this week. Curris stands by the work. Dunn takes issue with a number of elements, “I think on the academic performance side, to some degree, there was a little bit of cherry picking that went on to make a worse case than what exists,” Dunn said.

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Higher Education
2:47 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

MSU President Randy Dunn Semifinalist for Youngstown State University Presidency

Murray State University President Randy Dunn is among eight semi-finalists to be Youngstown State University’s next president.

The Vindicator Newspaper reports Dunn to be among the eight semi-finalists for the Ohio based university. The university’s website doesn’t list the semifinalists. The Murray State Board of Regents voted last month against extending Dunn a new contract. Dunn’s current contract expires June 30th, 2014.

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Higher Education
10:39 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

MSU Regents Voted Against New Contract for Dunn Based on Individual Feelings and Experiences

MSU Board Chairman Dr. Constantine Curris answers questions from members of the Faculty Senate and Staff Congress.

Murray State’s Board of Regents Chairman Dr. Constantine Curris answered an hour’s worth of questions Tuesday afternoon from faculty and staff regarding the board’s vote not to extend Murray State President Randy Dunn’s contract. That vote came on March 15th the day after 5 to 6 regents met for a social gathering and casually discussed university business. A Lexington attorney is questioning that social gathering as an illegal meeting. Curris maintains there was no collusion or discussion of a vote on the president’s contract at that gathering.

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Higher Education
1:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Lexington Attorney Files MSU Open Meetings Complaint Appeal with Office of Attorney General

Lexington Attorney Jim Deckard is appealing the denial of his open meetings complaint with the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General. Deckard alleges that the Murray State Board of Regents violated Kentucky's open meetings law when a group of five or six regents attended a social gathering and casually discussed university business.  The day following the social gathering the board held its quarterly meeting and, under the guise of other business, voted not to extend President Randy Dunn a new contract.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Whitfield Weighs In on Restricted Fishing, PGPD, DOMA and MSU President Randy Dunn

Republican Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield (KY-01) visited WKMS this week to discuss many of his ongoing projects. You can hear the full interview above, or see a brief summary of topics below.

Tail Water Fishing on Cumberland River:

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Higher Education
4:44 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Curris Issues Response to Complaint of Alleged Illegal Meeting

Atty: Jim Deckard

Murray State Board of Regents Chairman Constantine Curris says, through a letter from Murray State’s legal counsel that he will discuss, at the board’s next meeting, what transpired at a social gathering for some regents the night before the board’s March meeting, but he won't nullify any votes cast by the board on the following day.

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