Murray State University

Higher Education
11:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Deckard Speaks Out About KY Attorney General Opinion on MSU Board's Social Gathering

Lexington Attorney, Jim Deckard stands by his request that the Murray State Board of Regents should declare votes cast the day after an illegal meeting null and void. Deckard requested the board take action in an initial complaint on March 22nd regarding a social gathering of six regents the night before the board’s quarterly meeting. Deckard, following a denial from MSU, issued an appeal to the Kentucky Attorney General on April 1st. The Attorney General declared the social gathering of a quorum of regents illegal because board business was discussed and there were no minutes taken at the illegal meeting.

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Higher Education
12:20 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Dunn Finalist for Illinois State University Presidency

Murray State University President Randy Dunn is among four finalists for Illinois State University's Presidency. Dunn was named as a finalist for Ohio's Youngstown State University yesterday. Dunn has been searching for a new job consistently for the last year in anticipation of the Board of Regents not renewing his contract. MSU's board of regents voted 7 to 4 against renewing Dunn's contract on March 15th.

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Higher Education
11:29 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Kentucky Attorney General Opinion: MSU Board of Regents Violated KY Open Meetings Law

Kentucky’s Attorney General says the Murray State Board of Regents violated Kentucky’s open meetings law when a quorum of the board attended a social gathering at the home of Regent Sharon Green on March 14th. Lexington Attorney Jim Deckard sought the opinion after board Chairman Constantine Curris, through an attorney, denied allegations of an illegal meeting.

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Higher Education
10:01 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Dunn Challenges Ad Hoc Contract Review Committee Draft Report

Murray State University President Randy Dunn, in an open forum Tuesday, presented counterpoints to a report used to assess university progress during his time as president.  On April 2nd  Board of Regents Chairman Constantine Curris defended that same report to a group of faculty and staff.

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Higher Education
8:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

MSU President Finalist at Youngstown State

An Ohio newspaper reports Murray State University President Randy Dunn  is among three finalists to be Youngstown State University’s next president. The Vindicator reports Dunn  was among eight semifinalists interviewed this weekend.  Dunn’s current contract at Murray State ends June 2014.

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Higher Education
5:18 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

2012 Student Survey Results Show Positive Results for Dunn

Depiction of Student Survey Results
Credit Chad Lampe

WKMS has obtained, through an open records request, a 2012 student survey assessing the performance of Murray State President Randy Dunn. The survey's results are overall positive. In a letter to the Board of Regents that accompanied the survey results Student Regent Jeremiah Johnson wrote “Judging by the survey, the student body is supportive of President Dunn and his administration. All of the questions/statements were rated in the 75-80% approval rating.”

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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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