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Peggy Whaley
Peggy Whaley
Director
Student Engagement and Success
pwhaley@murraystate.edu
270.809.2274
Office: 425 Wells Hall
 

Peggy Whaley is the Director of Student Engagement and Success at Murray State University. She leads institutional retention and student success efforts and initiativesShe also serves as the coordinator of the student success seminars and first-year experiences for the University. She received her M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership (1997) and B.S. in Agricultural Education (1995) from Colorado State University. Peggy has been a teacher, advisor, and advocate for students and their success for over 15 years both at Murray State University and at Colorado State University.  Peggy, along with two of her Murray State colleagues, received the Best Practices Award from the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange at the 2018 National Symposium on Student Retention in Salt Lake City, UT.  

Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith
Assistant Director
Student Engagement and Success
jsmith143@murraystate.edu
270.809.2684
Office: 425 Wells Hall
about Jennifer

Jennifer Smith is the assistant director for the Center for Student Engagement and Success, serving as an advisor to undeclared students and assisting students with success goals, leading the Parent and Family Council, and the development and implementation of other retention initiatives. She also assists in Enrollment Management with communication initiatives. Jennifer received her B.S. in Plant and Soil Science (1996) from the University of Tennessee at Martin, working for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, before transitioning to education in her local county school system. Jennifer has worked in the Office of Admissions, and the Office of Enrollment Management at Murray State University, and is dedicated to helping students find their passion, set goals, and achieve success in their future endeavors in her role with Student Engagement and Success.

 
Tiffany Emerson
Tiffany Emerson
Coordinator
Student Engagement and Success
temerson1@murraystate.edu
270.809.5344
about Tiffany

Tiffany Emerson is the coordinator for the Center for Student Engagement and Success. She received a B.A. in English and M.S. Education from UT Martin and a M.A. in English from Murray State University. She has held various educational roles over the years, including an adjunct instructor, a Student Support Services learning specialist/ advisor, and most recently, an academic coordinator in the Educational Talent Search program. She enjoys reading, writing, and the arts. She is highly interested in using her talents and experiences in helping students be successful and the best that they can be.

 
Emily Perry
Emily Perry
Graduate Assistant
Student Engagement and Success
eperry5@murraystate.edu
270.809.6838
Office: 425 Wells Hall
about Emily

Emily Perry is a graduate student from Paducah Kentucky. She earned her B.S in Mathematics from Murray State in May 2020. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Postsecondary Education Administration at Murray State. She loves working with students and helping them know that not only can they succeed, but they can grow, learn, and really enjoy the experience along the way. She enjoys working puzzles, attending church events, exercising, and cheering on the Racers at athletic events!

 
Nick Bushnell
Nick Bushnell
Graduate Assistant
Student Engagement and Success
nbushnell@murraystate.edu
270.809.5335
Office: 425 Wells Hall
about Nick

Nicholas Bushnell is a graduate student from Louisville, Kentucky. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Advertising from Murray State University May of 2020 and is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication. He enjoys a multitude of creative fields such as photography, graphic design, and music and has been a part of different organizations on campus such as Racer Band and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He enjoys working with students and seeing their growth through different experiences on campus.