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Update: This story has been updated to include information from the Friday meeting. A section has been added to the bottom.

“We’ve got to try to do some things differently. Because what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working as well as they should have," Murray State University interim President Bob Jackson said Thursday, kicking off the annual Board of Regents retreat in Wrather Auditorium.

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Murray State's interim president says the university has to reach the "right size" with regard to enrollment to preserve its identity. Bob Jackson is in his second week in his new role and one of his challenges is to turn around declining enrollment. At a Chamber of Commerce breakfast with business leaders in Murray on Tuesday, Jackson outlined outreach opportunities and called on the community to help.

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Murray State University is discontinuing its current search for a new Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management.

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Murray State University has named three finalists for the position of associate vice president for strategic enrollment management. The finalists will each visit campus this week to meet with university leaders and participate in public forums with the campus community.

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Murray State University's Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management is leaving the Racers for the Mustangs. Fred Dietz is taking the role of Vice President for Enrollment Management at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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'Privatized' was the word Murray State University President Bob Davies repeated in a town hall forum on Friday addressing the budget and tuition.

The landscape of higher education is facing significant business model changes, said Murray State President Bob Davies, pointing to declining state appropriations as well as increased competition for students due to performance funding and other factors.

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Preliminary spring enrollment numbers at Murray State University show a 4.6% decline compared to the previous spring. However, fall 2018 freshmen admissions applications show promising gains. 

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Another academic year at Murray State University is underway. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with President Bob Davies about his outlook for the semester and the freshmen class, enrollment numbers, how university presidents are addressing the public pension issue, infrastructure needs and health services.

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Murray State University is considering a five percent tuition increase next academic year. President Bob Davies presented the plans at a tuition and fees forum Thursday afternoon. 

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

In a two-part conversation on Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies, recapping some of the takeaways from the Board of Regents meeting last Friday. In the first part, they discuss the status of free speech on college and university campuses and Davies thoughts on free speech at Murray State. They also talk about the budget planning process for the next fiscal year and how the university is navigating a budget reduction of $4.5 million as it relates to enrollment and tuition. In the second part, they discuss the experiential learning EDGE Center, the Center for International Business and Trade in Paducah and why this year's Presidential Lecture has a focus on diversity in higher education. 

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