Randy Dunn

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.

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.

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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Murray State University’s Board of Regents Chairman Constantine Curris says he’ll attend a special meeting of the Faculty Senate and Staff Congress tomorrow.

Both of those organizations have voiced concerns about the board’s decision against renewing President Randy Dunn’s contract. The Faculty Senate and the Staff Congress both issued resolutions of support for the President.

U.S. Congress

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.

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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.

Two Kentucky newspaper editorials call into question a social gathering held for five or six Murray State Regents the night before a failed vote on renewing a four-year contract for MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn.  MSU's Board of  Regents voted 7 to 4 against extending Dunn a new four year contract on Friday.  On Thursday evening Regent Sharon Green invited regents who don't live in Murray  to her home for a social gathering.  Board Chairman Constantine Curris told WKMS he thought 5 or 6 regents were in attendance and they discussed university business.

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Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman, Dr. Constantine Curris, says some board members gathered at a social event at the home of regent Sharon Green the night before Friday’s quarterly meeting.  Board members voted not to renew president Randy Dunn’s contract at Friday's meeting, despite letters of support for Dunn from the school’s faculty senate and staff congress, as well as 27 west Kentucky school superintendents.

Murray State’s Board of Regents has voted 7 to 4 against extending President Randy Dunn’s contract. The decision comes despite the letters of support for Dunn from the school’s faculty senate and staff congress, as well as 27 west Kentucky school superintendents.

Uncertainty has shrouded Murray State University during the last six months as ongoing questions surround the future of the president‘s contract and the university’s budget.  In August Murray State’s Board of Regents charged President Randy Dunn to conduct a full review of the University’s budget in attempt to find cuts, efficiencies and new revenue. All the while, Dunn has been pressing the board of regents to extend his contract, which expires in 2014. The board is required to take action by June 2013, but could do so at any time.  In the meantime Dunn has said that he will continue to seek “exceptional “ career opportunities available to him until the board decides to take action on his contract.

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