President Davies’ Schedule of Public Events


Nov. 1

MSU Racers vs. University of Tennessee-Martin (1 p.m.), Roy Stewart Stadium


Nov. 2

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet (3 p.m.), Paducah, KY


Nov. 3

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Retired Faculty Luncheon (11:30 a.m.), Oakhurst


Nov. 4

Hutson School of Agriculture Retired Faculty Luncheon (11:30 a.m.), Oakhurst


Faculty Senate (3:30 p.m.), Curris Center Barkley Room


HPE 450 Class – Teaching Strategies of Health Education – Class (6:10 p.m.), Alexander Hall


Nov. 6

Paducah Chamber of Commerce “Power in Partnership” Breakfast (7:30 a.m.), Paducah, KY


(Tentative) Murray Rotary (12 noon), Pagliais


44th Chemistry Scholarship Tournament Awards Presentation (12:30 p.m.), Jesse D. Jones

            College of Science, Engineering and   Technology


MSU Alliance (7 p.m.), Curris Center Ballroom


MSU Racers vs. Freed-Hardeman (7 p.m.), CFSB Center


President’s Concert (7:30 p.m.), Lovett Auditorium


Nov. 7

Breathitt Veterinary Center Staff Appreciation Luncheon (12 noon), Hopkinsville, KY


Nov. 10

Transfer and Freshmen Student Orientation (8:30 a.m.), Curris Center Ballroom


Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Retired Faculty Luncheon

            (11:30 a.m.), Oakhurst


Bentley Badgett Scholarship Recipient Reception (4 p.m.), Madisonville, KY


Nov. 11

Veterans Day Ceremony (3 p.m.), Wrather Auditorium


Calloway County Farm Bureau Annual Dinner Meeting (6:30 p.m.), Mayfield, KY


Nov. 12

President’s Luncheon (11:30 a.m.), Winslow Dining Hall (students sign up online)


Faculty/Staff Leadership Council (3 p.m.), Wells Hall


Nov. 13

Regional Outreach Advisory Council (11 a.m.), Aurora, KY


Honors Program Student Council Murray-O Party (6 p.m.), Murray, KY


Nov. 14

Student Disability Services Open House (2 p.m.), 423 Wells Hall


(Tentative) President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (3 p.m.), 118 Wells Hall


MSU Racers vs. Houston (7 p.m.), CFSB Center


Nov. 17

Hopkinsville Community College Representatives Luncheon (12 noon), Curris Center


Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) President (3 p.m.), Wells Hall


Center for Banking and Finance Banker’s Banquet (5:30 p.m.), CFSB Center


Nov. 18

Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce Business @ Breakfast (7:30 a.m.), CFSB



Nov. 19

Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents Conference Call (9 a.m.)


Staff Congress (1:30 p.m.), Applied Science Building


Global Alumni Lecture (7 p.m.), Curris Center Theatre


Hart College Faculty Thanksgiving Dinner (9 p.m.), Winslow Dining Hall



Nov. 20

Senior Breakfast (8 a.m.), Curris Center Ballroom


MSU Racers vs. Brescia (7 p.m.), CFSB Center


Nov. 21

Council on Postsecondary Education (11 a.m. ET), Frankfort, KY


Nov. 22

MSU Racers vs. Tennessee State (1 p.m.), Roy Stewart Stadium


Nov. 24

Springer/Franklin College “No Shave November” Judge (8 p.m.), Franklin College Lobby


Nov. 26-30

Thanksgiving Holiday Break – University Offices Closed


Nov. 28-30

MSU Racers “Challenge in Music City,” (TBD), Nashville, TN

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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