Office of The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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The Office of the Provost supports the academic mission of the University by ensuring the availability of quality academic programs for all students, by providing support activities that enhance teaching and learning, and by making available services that enable faculty and student involvement in research and creative activity.


The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, provides vision, leadership, and oversight for all areas related to Academic Affairs. Serving as the institution’s chief academic officer, the Provost is responsible for program administration, personnel decisions, and budget management; fosters the academic growth and development of faculty, staff, and students; and strives to advance the educational values, goals, and mission of the university with both on- and off-campus constituencies. 


Units that report to the Provost include the Colleges of Business; Education and Human Services, Humanities and Fine Arts; Science, Engineering and Technology; Hutson School of Agriculture; School of Nursing and Health Professions; Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach; University Libraries; Honors Program; Institute for International Studies; Center for Academic Advising; Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activities; Office of Sponsored Programs; Center for Telecommunications Systems Management; Faculty Development Center; Office of Service Learning; and the Office of the Registrar.


About the Provost

Dr. Joseph (Jay) Morgan is a Murray State University graduate with a B.S. in agriculture science and business, and an M.S. in agriculture science with an emphasis in secondary teaching. He earned his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in agricultural education with additional coursework in management and educational leadership leading to certification as a public school superintendent. He was most recently the associate provost for graduate education and research at Murray State. Dr. Morgan began teaching at MSU in 1997 in the Hutson School of Agriculture and has been involved with leading international programs  to over 15 countries, as well as obtaining numerous grants and conducting research within his area. His University service includes terms on the MSU Faculty Senate, the University Academic Council, the University Studies Committee, and service as the University's Faculty Regent. His public service includes serving as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System, board chair of the United Way, board chair of the Chamber of Commerce, a four-term city council member, as well as service on several other high profile boards and commissions. Dr. Morgan is a Kentucky Colonel and was named Citizen of the Year for Murray/Calloway County.