Board of Regents


The headline of this story originally stated there were no job losses associated with spending cuts at Murray State. Since the time of our reporting we've received reports from university staff of eliminated positions and have updated the story with information about nine job eliminations.

The Murray State University Board of Regents (BOR) approved a budget June 5 which does not result in job losses. Regent Leon Owens commended MSU President Bob Jackson and Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Jackie Dudley and their staff for presenting what he called a “balanced budget” that protects both academic integrity and jobs. 

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Murray State University’s Board of Regents Friday voted to hire a new head coach for the university’s football team, and authorized President Bob Jackson to negotiate a contract to outsource the university’s custodial and grounds services. 


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Murray State Univeristy’s Board of Regents on Friday voted to work with a firm to analyze options for how to proceed with a beleaguered pension system. They also approved a capital plan to address maintenance needs and authorized demolishing another old building on campus. Enrollment this fall is up and finances at the end of the last academic year were relatively positive. Regents also met for their annual retreat on Thursday. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights from both meetings:

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Murray State University's Board of Regents approved a budget for the next fiscal year and a multitude of other initiatives in a lengthy meeting and packed agenda on Friday as the current year comes to a close.

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Former Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp will serve as the next chair of the Murray State University Board of Regents. Regent Kemp was elected to the position in a board meeting on Friday. 

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The Murray State Board of Regents has approved interim president Bob Jackson as the university’s 14th president. Regents voted on Friday nine to two.

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The search committee for Murray State University’s next president formally met for the first time on Friday to discuss their process and timeline.

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The committee in charge of searching for the next Murray State University president is moving forward with a process that will not include an outside search firm. The Board of Regents vote of seven to four on Friday followed an intense debate. 

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The 2018 calendar year is coming to a close, and Murray State University officials are already working on the next fiscal year’s budget and are making proposals for fiscal year 2020.

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Murray State’s Board of Regents met Friday to discuss several topics, but one issue was at the center of nearly all agenda items: how to boost enrollment.