Presidential Investiture
Achievement, Endeavor and Hope

Dr. Davies

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Brief Bio

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.  Davies’ first position in higher education was at the University of Nevada, Reno as the director of annual giving and the assistant director of alumni relations.

 

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About Murray State University

Founded in 1922, Murray State University is the University of choice for over 11,000 students and is known for an excellent education at an affordable cost as well as its personal connections with students and long-standing campus traditions.  Located in Murray, Kentucky, Murray State University is a four-year state supported public University accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Nicknamed “The Racers,” the University’s colors are navy blue and gold.  Additionally, Murray State was the first public university with a successful, comprehensive residential college program.  For 24 consecutive years Murray State University has been recognized by U.S.News & World Report’s Best Colleges as one of the top schools in the country. The 2015 rankings list Murray State as ninth among the top public regional universities in the South.

Mission of Murray State University

Murray State University serves as a nationally recognized residential comprehensive university, with a strong extended campus and online presence, offering high-quality associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees. Academic programs are offered in the core areas of arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering and applied technologies, and nursing. Teaching, research, and service excellence are core values and guiding principles that promote economic development and the well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region.

Murray State University places a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships with alumni, the public schools, business and industry, governmental agencies, and other colleges and universities at home and abroad. Murray State University prepares graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically oriented society and increasingly interdependent world. The University is committed to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience.

Murray State University emphasizes student-centered learning and educational experiences that include first year experience, the honors program, internships, study-abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, residential colleges, and student organizations.

In sum, Murray State University fosters an exciting and challenging learning environment.