About Us

Murray State University Career Services provides a variety of opportunities and assistance in all aspects of career development and the job search. Whether you are a current student, alumni, parent, an employee of the university or employer we invite you to navigate our website as well as contact our office.

Meet the Staff

Mr. Matthew Purdy
Director
270.809.3375
mpurdy1@murraystate.edu

Matthew Purdy

Joining Murray State in March of 2017, Matt Purdy is responsible for all operational and strategic decisions affecting Career Services on campus. Since arriving in Murray, Matt has met with a wide range of constituents, from high-schoolers to alums, along with employers and area business leaders, to learn what makes Murray tick. His prior experience includes technology, sales, manufacturing, and health care.
Matt comes to Murray State from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he was in charge of Campuswide Employer Relations. In addition to working for SIU, he holds an MBA ('06) and marketing ('04) degrees from SIUC. Matt resides in Murray with his wife and family, including a four-year-old daughter and nine-month-old son.

Mr. Ray Karraker
Employer Relations Coordinator 
270.809.3117
rkarraker@murraystate.edu

Ray KarrakerRay Karraker manages Racer Tracks, a resource all MSU students are encouraged to utilize for their job search, plans career fairs sponsored by Career Services, and coordinates on-campus interviews. Ray joined Career Services in 2008 as the Coordinator of Cooperative Education and Internships. Ray comes to Murray State from a business background in the banking and financial services industry. He is a graduate of Murray State with a BS in economics (’74) and M.B.A. (’77).  He resides in Murray with his wife, Sabrina. Ray is active in his church and enjoys numerous outdoor activities.

Ms. Colleen Anderson
Administrative Assistant
270.809.2906
canderson2@murraystate.edu

Colleen AndersonColleen Anderson manages the front of the office as the Administrative Assistant for Career Services, and she is often the first contact students have with the office. A graduate of Murray State with a BS in Physical Education (86'), she received her MS in Human Development and Leadership with a custom concentration in Student Affairs (17'). Colleen has been with Murray State University Career Services since 2015 and worked in the Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling department from 2009-2015. She resides in Murray and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, outdoor activities, crafts, and is an avid movie buff.

Ms. Alicia Stallings
KHEAA Coordinator
270.809.3053
astallings2@murraystate.edu

 Alicia Stallings
 
Murray State Career Services
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Summer) | 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Fall/Spring)
100 Oakley Applied Sciences Bldg | Murray, KY 42071 
P: 270.809.3735 (call for appointments) | F: 270.809.3516 | msu.careerservices@murraystate.edu
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