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MSU Forgoes Provost Finalists, Continues Search for "Highly Qualified, Diverse" Candidates

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State President Bob Davies says the university will continue its search for new Provost candidates, despite naming two finalist candidates earlier this month.  

Robert Fischer, Jr. and Mark Anderson made campus visit last week.  

In a letter to MSU faculty, staff and students Thursday, Davies says that while both candidates demonstrated "strong leadership ability and outstanding academic credentials," feedback from MSU community members indicated neither candidate was "the right fit for the campus."  

Credit Murray State University
Robert "Bud" Fischer (left) Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University, and Mark Anderson (right) Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State University in Georgia

"This position is critical to the future of Murray State University and our continued success as an institution of higher learning," said Davies. "As such, we will be working with a nationally-recognized search firm to help us continue the search for this leadership position.  I believe it is imperative that we expand our search to include a wider pool of highly-qualified, diverse candidates in order to find the right fit for our institution – the finest place we know."

Renae Duncan will continue to serve as Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs during the search period.  

MSU hasn’t had a permanent provost since Jay Morgan left the university summer of 2015.  Dean of the College of Business Tim Todd served in the role for several months before Duncan was appointed in March this year.   

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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