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Murray State Interim Chief Facilities Officer David Burdette Has Died

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University’s Interim Chief Facilities Officer died Wednesday morning. President Bob Davies informed faculty and staff in a letter that David Burdette passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. 

Davies said Burdette was a friend and colleague who worked tirelessly to advance the university on many fronts.

Burdette took office in 2014. Prior to MSU, he served as Vice President of Finance Administration at Central Michigan University and served in similar roles at other universities before that. 

His role at Murray State included overseeing facilities design and construction, facilities operations, grounds and custodial services and environmental safety and health.

Burdette was involved in campus building projects that include the Breathitt Veterinary Center, the Engineering and Physics Building and the Hollis C. Franklin residential hall. His work also involved deferred maintenance projects related to the university's strategic plan goals.

The university has not yet announced a timeframe for filling this position.

This story has been updated.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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