President Davies’ Schedule of Public Events


Oct. 1

Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Presidents Meeting
9 a.m. ET
Louisville, KY


CPE Funding Model Steering Committee Meeting
10 a.m. ET
Louisville, KY


IdeaFest Afternoon Sessions (1:30 p.m. ET)
and Taste of Innovation Event (5:45 p.m. ET)
Louisville, KY


Oct. 2

Keynote Speaker – First District Kentucky Retired Teachers Association
9 a.m.
Murray Woman’s Clubhouse, Murray, KY


Murray Rotary
12 noon
Pagliais Restaurant, Murray, KY


Independence Bank Groundbreaking Ceremony
2 p.m.
507 12th Street, Murray, KY


Oct. 2-3

Fall Break Holiday – University Offices Closed


Oct. 6

Keynote Speaker – Mayfield Rotary 
12 noon
Mayfield/Graves County Country Club, Mayfield, KY


Governors Scholars Information Session Welcome
6 p.m.
Curris Center Ballroom


Oct. 7

Faculty Leadership Luncheon
11:30 a.m.


CPE Conference of Presidents Dinner/Meeting
6:30 p.m. ET
Lexington, KY


Oct. 8

Faculty/Staff Leadership Council,
3 p.m.
Wells Hall


Oct. 9

MSU Performance Funding Model Committee
7:45 a.m.
Wells Hall


Fire Safety Day
12:20 p.m.
Carr Health Lawn


Faculty Regent Forum
3 p.m.
Wrather Auditorium


“A Taste of the Arts” Fundraising Dinner and Auction
5:30 p.m.
CFSB Center


Oct. 10

Murray State University (MSU) Foundation Board of Trustees Committee Meetings
7:45 a.m.- 12 noon
Curris Center;
Full Board Meeting
1 p.m.
Curris Center Commonwealth Room


Hutson School of Agriculture (HSOA) Dean’s Society Luncheon,
11:30 a.m.
Curris Center Stables


Alumni Association Board of Governors Meeting
1:30 p.m.
Easley Alumni Center


Dedication and Ribbon Cutting – Dr. Tim Miller Center for Accounting Education and Herbert and Virginia Adams Student Learning Center

3:00 p.m.
Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, Business Building South, 1st Floor


Homecoming Reception
4 p.m.
Heritage Hall


1964 Golden Anniversary Dinner
6 p.m.
Curris Center Ballroom


HSOA Alumni Picnic
6:30 p.m.
William Cherry Exposition Center


Oct. 11 – Homecoming Day – “Racers Tour America”

College of Education and Human Services Homecoming Breakfast
8 a.m., Murray Middle School


Parade, 9:30 a.m.


Tent City
11 a.m.
Roy Stewart Stadium Tailgate Lawn Area


MSU Racers vs. Southeast Missouri State University
3 p.m.
Roy Stewart Stadium


Bill Cosby
8 p.m.
CFSB Center


Oct. 13

Strategic Initiatives Town Hall Meeting
2 p.m.
Freed Curd Auditorium


President’s Dinner

6 p.m.
Winslow Dining Hall


Oct. 14

High School Counselor Day Welcome
9:30 a.m.
Curris Center Stables


Ron Crouch, Kentucky State Demographer
1:30 p.m., Freed Curd Auditorium


Giving Back Endowment Campaign Announcement,
5 p.m., Curris Center
2nd Floor Dance Lounge


Oct. 15

Health Fair Kick-Off
7:15 a.m.
Curris Center Ballroom


Keynote Speaker – Benton Lions Club
12 noon

Benton, KY


Staff Congress
1:30 p.m.
Applied Science Building


Council of Chairs
3:30 p.m.
Wells Hall


Oct. 16

American Veterinary Medical Association Accreditation Team
7:30 a.m.
Easley Alumni Center


Murray Rotary
12 noon
Pagliais Restaurant, Murray, KY


Oct. 17

American Veterinary Medical Association Accreditation Team Exit Interview

9:30 a.m.

Wells Hall


President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 
3 p.m.
Wells Hall


Oct. 18

MSU Racers vs. Austin Peay State University
6 p.m.
Clarksville, TN


Oct. 19-22

American Association of State Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C.


Oct. 23

MSU Performance Funding Model Committee
7:45 a.m.
Wells Hall


Oct. 25

MSU Racers vs. Kentucky Wesleyan
3 p.m.
Roy Stewart Stadium


Oct. 28

Hogancamp General Services Building Dedication
10:30 a.m.
General Services Building


Oct. 29

Kentucky Council on Education Abroad Biannual Meeting
9:30 a.m.
Curris Center Stables


Oct. 30

Phi Mu Alpha Representatives
11:30 a.m.



Oct. 31

Sparks Hall Halloween Costume Competition Judge
10 a.m.
Sparks Hall





Dr. Robert O. Davies


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Dr. Robert O. Davies was selected to be Murray State University’s 13th president on March 12, 2014. His official duties began at the university on July 14, 2014.

Most recently, Davies had served as the president of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. He was vice president for university relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania prior to accepting the presidency at Eastern Oregon in 2009. Before that he was the associate vice president for alumni relations and development at the State University of New York at Buffalo and executive director of the alumni association at Boise State University in Idaho.

As president of Eastern Oregon University, Davies successfully lobbied for state funding, implemented a strategic plan and played a leadership role in the university’s first significant capital campaign, which increased the endowment by 25 percent. He also oversaw the university’s accreditation status reaffirmed from a probationary standing prior to his arrival and initiated a 10-year master campus planning effort. Davies created a model of shared governance there and guided increased enrollment, retention and graduation rates to the highest levels in the university’s history.

His early career included three years at the University of Nevada in Reno as the director of annual giving and the assistant director of alumni relations, and a year as a business analyst with Dunn & Bradstreet.

Davies received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. He earned his M.B.A. in finance and marketing in 1991 from the University of Oregon and his B.S. in management at the University of Nevada in Reno in 1989. Davies received the Higher Education Leadership certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 2007. He also attended Harvard’s Seminar for New Presidents in 2009.

Davies has authored numerous papers and given many presentations throughout the country on university leadership in subjects as diverse as the college cost crisis, advancement, nontraditional alumni and students, strategy development in higher education and academic master planning, and financial management.

He has served on a wide-ranging number of university committees throughout his career and has been active in community service. Davies holds memberships in several professional associations including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of American State Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education.

Davies is married to Cindy Davies and they are the proud parents of one child — Katie.

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