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Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology


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We’re proud of our new name!

The Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology was officially approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting on May 10. This naming is a fitting recognition of the generous support provided by Dr. Jesse D. Jones of Baton Rouge, LA. A 1963 Murray State University alumnus with degrees in chemistry and mathematics, Dr. Jones is originally from Marshall County, Kentucky. He went on to a successful career with Ethyl and Albemarle
Corporations, and has provided support to the students of his alma mater through the provision of scholarships, endowed professorships, instrumentation and equipment, and state of the art facilities. His gifts to our college have been transformative in their scope, and will make an impact on generations of future students. Dr. Jones’ philanthropy illustrates the highest commitment to the Racer tradition, and the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology is honored to bear his name.

On the MSU campus, one of the most attractive areas of recent development is that west of 16 th Street. In particular, the Great Lawn bounded by Alexander Hall, the Biology Building, the Jones Family Clocktower, Jones Hall (Chemistry), and the soon-to-be constructed Engineering and Physics Building has become an iconic campus landmark. This beautiful portion of campus has been officially named the Gene W. Ray Science Campus, in honor of alumnus Dr. Gene W. Ray of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. A native of Calloway County, KY, Dr. Ray received his
baccalaureate degree from MSU in1960 with majors in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. He went on to earn a doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Ray was the founder and CEO of Titan Corporation, a diversified technology and electronics company, and currently serves as founder and CEO of GMT Ventures, a private equity firm. Dr. Ray and his wife Taffin are generous in their support of our college, having provided the initial development funds for the university’s program of distinction in Telecommunications Systems Management. Continuing gifts from their family foundation and designated annuities will provide resources well into the future for the benefit of our students. We are grateful for these visionary contributions.

These loyal alumni are a source of pride and inspiration to us. We’ll never be able to fully express our gratitude for the support and encouragement that these gifts bring. But we are thankful for these friends who value the opportunities that education can bring to individuals, and who are willing to share the fruits of their labor so that future generations might enjoy similar successes.