President Dr. Davies's Schedule of Public Events

Aug. 1

Hickman County E-Learning Site Ribbon Cutting,
10:30 a.m., Hickman County Senior Center

Hickman County Representatives,
11 a.m.

Carlisle County Schools Superintendent Jay Simmons,
1:30 p.m., Bardwell, KY

Aug. 2
Douglass High School Reunion Banquet,
6:30 p.m., Curris Center Ballroom

Aug. 4 
Racer Roundup Team Captains Organizational Meeting,
12 noon, Curris Center Stables

CFSB Bank – Marshall County Reception,
4 p.m., Benton, KY

Aug. 5
Hopkinsville/Christian County Regional Roll Out:

 - Keynote Speaker – Hopkinsville Rotary,
   12 noon, War Memorial Building

 - Heritage Bank Reception,
   4:30 p.m. 

 - Alumni/Admitted Students/Parents Dinner,
   6:30 p.m., MSU Hopkinsville Campus

Aug. 6
Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Presidents Meeting,
11 a.m. (ET), Frankfort, KY

Aug. 7
Henderson/Henderson County Regional Roll Out:

 - Keynote Speaker – Henderson Rotary, 
   12 noon, Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center

 - Bank Trust and Financial - Reception, 
   4:30 p.m. 

 - Alumni/Admitted Students/Parents Dinner, 
   6:30 p.m., Rookies

Aug. 8
RacerHoopAlooza Golf Scramble,
7 a.m., Murray Country Club

Aug. 9
Co-Grand Marshal – Emancipation Celebration Annual Parade,
11 a.m., Paducah, KY

Aug. 11
President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI) Leadership,
1:30 p.m., Wells Hall

Aug. 12
Staff Recognition Day Ceremony,
12 noon, Curris Center Ballroom

Aug. 13
Madisonville/Hopkins County Roll Out:

 - Keynote Speaker – Madisonville Rotary and Lions Club,
   12 noon, Baptist Tower

 - Madisonville Community College – Reception, 

   4:30 p.m., Glema Mahr Center

 - Alumni/Admitted Students/Parents Dinner, 

   6:30 p.m., Madisonville Country Club

Aug. 14
United Way Cornerstone Breakfast,
7:30 a.m., Weaks Community Center

New Faculty Orientation Luncheon,
11:30 a.m., Curris Center Ballroom

New Faculty Reception,
4 p.m., Curris Center Ballroom

“Smooth Move” Program Welcome,
5:30 p.m., Curris Center Dance Lounge

Resident Advisors/Directors Closing Banquet,
6 p.m., Stewart Stadium

Aug. 15
Faculty “Back to School Breakfast,”
8:30 a.m., Curris Center Ballroom

Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Fall Kick-Off,
10:15 a.m., Freed Curd Auditorium

School of Nursing and Health Professions Fall Kick-Off,
10:30 a.m., Mason Hall Auditorium

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Fall Kick-Off,
10:45 a.m., Performing Arts Hall

College of Education Fall Kick-Off,
11 a.m., Alexander Hall Auditorium

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Fall Kick-Off,
11:15 a.m., Business Building

Aug. 16
Great Beginnings:

 - “Move-In Mania!,” 10 a.m., Residential College Complex

 - New Student/Parents Luncheon, 11 a.m., Winslow Dining Hall

 - Parent/Family Reception, 5 p.m., Oakhurst

 - Explore Murray, 6 p.m., CFSB Center

 - Lawn Party, 7 p.m., Hart College

Aug. 17
Great Beginnings:

 - “Move-In Mania!,” 10 a.m., Residential College Complex

 - New Students/Parents Brunch, 10 a.m., Winslow Dining Hall

 - Racer Band Concert, 7 p.m., Lovett Auditorium

 - Waterfield Wired, 8 p.m., Waterfield Library

 - Honors Program Ice Cream Social, 8 p.m., Curris Center Dance Lounge

 - Myths and Legends Tour, 11 p.m., 2nd Floor Curris Center Entrance

Keynote Speaker – Sigma Phil Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship Banquet,
7 p.m., CFSB Center

Aug. 18
Telecommunications Systems Management Faculty and Staff Breakfast,
8 a.m., Curris Center

Hutson School of Agriculture Fall Kick-Off,
8:30 a.m., Carmen Pavilion

School of Nursing and Health Professions Fall Student Convocation,
10 a.m., Mason Hall

Mayfield/Graves County Rotary,
12 noon, Mayfield, KY

Purchase Area Development District Board of Directors Meeting,
3 p.m., Mayfield, KY

Great Beginnings – “Grilling with MSU,”
6 p.m., Quad

Aug. 19
Fall Classes Begin

Regional Advisory Council,
10 a.m., TBD

Great Beginnings – “Downtown Murray,”
5 p.m., Murray Street Square

Aug. 20
Student Government Association Organizational Fair,
11 a.m., Curris Center Stables

Hypnotist Tom Deluca,
8 p.m., Lovett Auditorium

Aug. 21
Great Beginnings:

 - Welcome Back Dinner, 4:30 p.m., Winslow Dining Hall

 - National Pan-Hellenic Open House, 7 p.m., Curris Center Ballroom

Aug. 22
3 p.m., Wells Hall

Emerging Scholars Institute,
5 p.m., Curris Center Dance Lounge

Great Beginnings:

 - Honors Program Cookout, 5 p.m., Old City Park

 - Student Government Association Concert with Ryan Kinder, 8 p.m., Quad

Aug. 23
National Pan-Hellenic Council Retreat,
9 a.m., Curris Center Ballroom

Black Faculty and Staff Fall Kick-Off,
4 p.m., Curris Center Stables

Aug. 25
Residential College Association Leadership,
5 p.m., Curris Center Barkley Room

Aug. 26
Keynote Speaker – Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce Business @ Breakfast,
7:30 a.m., CFSB Center

Office of Recruitment “Boot Camp,”
2:15 p.m., Curris Center Mississippi Room

Aug. 27
MSU Board of Regents Annual Planning Retreat and Work Session,
8:30 a.m., Miller Memorial Golf Course Clubhouse 

Waterfield Library 3rd Floor Grand Opening Reception,
6 p.m., Waterfield Library

Aug. 28
Quarterly Board of Regents Meeting,
8 a.m., Pogue Library Jesse Stuart Room

MSU Racers vs. Union College (Senior Day),
7 p.m., Roy Stewart Stadium

Aug. 29
West Kentucky Guidance Counselor Association,
12 noon, Curris Center Ballroom

Murray High School vs. Calloway County High School Football,
7 p.m., Roy Stewart Stadium

Dr. Robert O. Davies


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Dr. Robert O. Davies was selected to be Murray State University’s 13th president on March 12, 2014. His official duties began at the university on July 14, 2014.

Most recently, Davies had served as the president of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. He was vice president for university relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania prior to accepting the presidency at Eastern Oregon in 2009. Before that he was the associate vice president for alumni relations and development at the State University of New York at Buffalo and executive director of the alumni association at Boise State University in Idaho.

As president of Eastern Oregon University, Davies successfully lobbied for state funding, implemented a strategic plan and played a leadership role in the university’s first significant capital campaign, which increased the endowment by 25 percent. He also oversaw the university’s accreditation status reaffirmed from a probationary standing prior to his arrival and initiated a 10-year master campus planning effort. Davies created a model of shared governance there and guided increased enrollment, retention and graduation rates to the highest levels in the university’s history.

His early career included three years at the University of Nevada in Reno as the director of annual giving and the assistant director of alumni relations, and a year as a business analyst with Dunn & Bradstreet.

Davies received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. He earned his M.B.A. in finance and marketing in 1991 from the University of Oregon and his B.S. in management at the University of Nevada in Reno in 1989. Davies received the Higher Education Leadership certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 2007. He also attended Harvard’s Seminar for New Presidents in 2009.

Davies has authored numerous papers and given many presentations throughout the country on university leadership in subjects as diverse as the college cost crisis, advancement, nontraditional alumni and students, strategy development in higher education and academic master planning, and financial management.

He has served on a wide-ranging number of university committees throughout his career and has been active in community service. Davies holds memberships in several professional associations including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of American State Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education.

Davies is married to Cindy Davies and they are the proud parents of one child — Katie.

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