MSU Students Express Presidential Preferences

Nov 29, 2018

Murray State University is searching for a new president.

Murray State students have high expectations for the next university president. More than 70 students on Wednesday attended a frank and hopeful discussion on a wide range of qualities and issues with the Presidential Search Committee. Students said they want a financially literate president who can navigate Frankfort politics... who respects faculty and staff and improves student activities… who understands diversity and will increase recruitment in urban areas. Cole Crocker of Nashville wants a president connected to Murray, but who has also ventured out and found success.

“Specifically, somebody who has represented another large group of people in a different setting. Somebody who has both law and financial backgrounds and is a very goal-oriented person," he said.

Regent Lisa Rudolph chairs the search committee. She said students asked for a dynamic leader and set a high bar. The committee heard from faculty and staff earlier this month. The search process will be set next week. Murray State’s 13th president Bob Davies departed in August. Former university foundation president Bob Jackson is serving as interim