Harry Lee Waterfield II, Chair, was raised in Clinton, Kentucky, but has spent most of his adult life in Frankfort. He is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company and Investors Heritage Capital Corporation (formerly Kentucky Investors, Inc.). Mr. Waterfield graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1965 and served five years as an officer of the National Association of Life Companies – serving as Chair of the Board during his final year. Mr. Waterfield received the Association's Poindexter Award in 1990, was one of three founders of the National Alliance of Life Companies and served as the first president of the organization - a position he held for two years - and in 1995 he received that organization's first Governor's Award. Currently Mr. Waterfield is an Advisory Director of the Whitaker Bank in Frankfort, Kentucky; a member of the Board of Trustees, Lees College Foundation in Jackson, Kentucky; and former member of the Board of Trustees, Murray State University Foundation. He recently served as a member of the Board of Regents, Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky, serving as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee from July 2000 through January 2005. He is Past President of the Frankfort/Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Frankfort, and Vice Chair of the Frankfort Tourist and Convention Commission. He is a former Board member of Junior Achievement of Frankfort, the Kentucky State Fair Board and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and is a former member of the Kentucky Air National Guard. Mr. Waterfield and his wife, Lee, have two sons, two daughters and five grandsons. His term on the MSU Board expires in 2016. Sharon Green, Vice Chair,
is a crime victim advocate and has worked with the Graves County Attorney's Office in Mayfield since 1990. She received the bachelor of science degree in political science from Murray State University and has completed all required course work for the master of arts degree in education. She has been a member of the board of directors for the Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce since 2005, is a member of the Mayfield City Council, serves on the board of trustees for the Jackson Purchase Medical Center, served as assistant governor of Rotary Club District 6710 (Mayfield, Murray, Hickman, Fulton and Clinton) since 2007, and serves on the board of directors of the Mayfield/Graves County Child Advocacy Program. She has been a member of the Mayfield Rotary Club since 1999 and has served as chair of the International Service Committee, Dictionary Project, Joe and Ella Evan's Scholarship Committee and Foundation Committee. She served on the MSU alumni association board of directors from 2001-08 and was president in 2006-07. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, National Association of Professional Women and was a member of the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education from 2002-04. Her term on the MSU board expires in 2015. Constantine W. Curris
retired from the presidency of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in 2008, a position he held for almost 10 years. He was the fourth chief executive for AASCU - a national association of over 400 public colleges and universities. He is a Kentucky native and has served as president at three universities: Murray State University for 10 years, the University of Northern Iowa for 12 years and Clemson University (SC) for over four years until he began his tenure as AASCU's president in 1999. He is a strong advocate for public higher education and its students and a proponent of the qualitative strengthening of higher education institutions in order to meet public needs and expectations in the 21st century. He has been associated with AASCU since 1973 as a member of several Association committees, its Board of Directors and in 1995 as chairman of the Board. Other professional experiences include appointments to the 1998 Commission on the Future of the South, the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, the Education Commission of the States, the Iowa Board of Economic Development, the South Carolina Research Authority, the Sigma Chi Foundation and the chairmanships of American Humanics and the Iowa Task Force on Teacher Education and Certification. He received his baccalaureate and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky and his master's from the University of Illinois. His term on the MSU board expires in 2015. Michael Dobbs
of Winchester, Kentucky, was elected President of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Murray State University in April 2014. He is pursuing a degree in Agribusiness with an Emphasis in Global Marketing and a Minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Dobbs is a 2011 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School and is the son of David Dobbs and Mary Ellen and Tom Hunter. Mr. Dobbs has been actively involved on campus and has served in leadership positions for SGA as Senator-at-Large, Secretary and President. He is actively involved in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity where he served as Recruitment Chair (2012), Activities Chair (2013) and has provided service to numerous other committees. He is a member of the Honorary Agriculture Fraternity – Alpha Zeta – as well as Order of Omega. Mr. Dobbs was named Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority “Man of the Year” in 2012 and was crowned as Murray State’s Homecoming King in 2013. He served as Vice President of External Affairs for the Interfraternity Council (IFC) in 2013 and is currently serving as IFC President. His term on the MSU Board expires in 2015.
Susan Shaffer Guess
from Paducah, Kentucky, is Senior Vice President/Marketing Director of The Paducah Bank and Trust Company, in Paducah, Kentucky. Mrs. Guess received a bachelor of science degree in public relations from Murray State University in 1987 and the master of public administration degree from the University of Louisville in 1991. She and her daughter co-chair the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation. She served as the Chair of the Lourdes Hospital Foundation for six years. Mrs. Guess previously served for two terms as Chair of the Board for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and President of the Paducah River City Business and Professional Women. Mrs. Guess is a Leadership Kentucky, Leadership Paducah and Focus Louisville graduate. She served as President of the Leadership Paducah Alumni Association and served two terms on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. In addition to leadership in multiple organizations, Mrs. Guess has been recognized with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award from the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism, Leadership Paducah “Class Member of the Year,” a Housing and Urban Development National Community Service Award, Kentucky Young Careerist from the Kentucky Federation of Business and Professional Women and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Bronze Medal Award (for serving as Homecoming Chair at Murray State University). Mrs. Guess filled the unexpired term of former Regent Laxmaiah Manchikanti which ended in June 2013 and was reappointed to the Board. Her term on the MSU Board expires in 2019.
Martin Jacobs, a professor of education, was elected by the Murray State University faculty to serve as faculty regent in October 2014. This special election was due to the former regent, Renee Fister, being selected to serve as the senior special advisor to the president. Jacobs will serve as faculty regent through June 2016.
Jacobs has had many leadership experiences and academic accomplishments in his twenty years at Murray State University. Coordination of an academic program, leadership as a department chair, and serving as a residential college head for two of the residential colleges are leadership highlights. In addition, he has impacted the work of numerous committees through the years and has been active as an advocate for faculty through meaningful accomplishments as a faculty senator. Jacobs has had an active and varied research agenda, leading to productive accomplishments, including publications, presentations and grant activities. During the last several years, his research focus related to teacher leadership led to several presentations and to a journal publication. The recognition of Jacobs’s teaching abilities included receiving the Murray State University Board of Regent’s Teaching Excellence Award.
Before joining the faculty at Murray State University, Jacobs completed sixteen years as a teacher and school administrator. His advocacy as an educator has included significant involvement in issues related to literacy education, with a highlight being his service as president of the Miami-Dade Reading Council. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) with a major in English and a minor in political science (teaching certification in both disciplines). He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oakland University (Rochester, MI) in Reading/Language Arts (teaching certification in reading…reading education). Jacobs completed a Doctorate in Education from Florida International University (Miami, FL) in Curriculum and Instruction. This degree also included coursework leading to school administration certification.
Jacobs is married to Kathy Jacobs and they are proud parents of three children—Craig, Laura and Sharon.
J. Daniel Kemp is an attorney in private practice in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He is former Mayor of Hopkinsville, having served two terms from 2007 through 2014. He is a native of Murray and graduated from Murray State in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and History. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1970 and was admitted to the Bar to practice law. He then served four years in the United States Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1975. Mr. Kemp was an attorney in private practice in Hopkinsville for 32 years prior to being elected Mayor in 2006. His law practice focused on business and real estate matters including civil litigation. Mr. Kemp has served on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Board of Directors of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky, the Executive Board of the Kentucky League of Cities, the Board of Trustees of Jennie Stuart Medical Center, the Board of Directors of Pennyrile Area Development District and the boards of many other civic and charitable organizations including Rotary Club, United Way (Campaign co-chair 2012), Pennyrile Arts Council and the Jaycees. He is active in First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville where he has chaired the Administrative Board, the Finance Committee and the Staff Parrish Relations Committee. He is married to Henrietta Venable Kemp and they have five children and six grandchildren. His term on the MSU Board expires in 2020. Phil Schooley
of Murray is the Telecommunications Systems Management On-line Advisor for Murray State University and serves as the Staff Regent. He holds a bachelor of science degree in education with an industrial arts major from Murray State University and a master of arts in teaching degree from Southeast Missouri State University. He was a secondary school educator for 33 years before coming to Murray State in 2001. He has held leadership roles in many educational and community organizations which included being the founder of Technology Student Association clubs in the state of Missouri and serving as its state advisor and as state sponsor for the Missouri chapters of The National Beta Club. During his career he has been the recipient of the "Outstanding Industrial Arts Teacher in Missouri" award and the Missouri State Teacher Association's "Southeast District Meritorious Service Award." He has held leadership roles in his church and Lions Club and is a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Kentucky Colonel. He served as Murray State Staff Congress President in 2008-2009. His term on the Murray State University Board of Regents expires in 2015.
Jenny Lynn Sewell
of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, is the President and Owner of Beshear Funeral Home in Dawson Springs, where she has worked since 1991, and is the third generation of her family to own and operate the business. Mrs. Sewell received the Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1974 and the Master of Education degree in 1976, both from Murray State University. She has a varied background in education serving as both an educator and a local school board member for 23 years. She began and continued her business career in 1977 through 1991 as a General Lines and Life Insurance representative and Real Estate Broker. Mrs. Sewell has an extensive and successful background in downtown and area economic and recreational development and grant writing. Currently, she serves on the Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors and the Kentucky Recreational Trails Authority. She serves as President of the Friends of Pennyrile State Park and Forest Foundation, Vice Chair of Preserve Darby House, Incorporated, Chair of the Dawson Springs area Chamber of Commerce and member of the Main Street Program Board of Directors. Mrs. Sewell and her husband, David, have two sons, one of which is currently attending Murray State University. Her term on the MSU Board expires in 2017. Jerry Sue Thornton
of Moreland Hills, Ohio, retired June 30, 2013 as President of Cuyahoga Community College (CCC), a multi-campus college of 30,260 headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to becoming President of CCC, Dr. Thornton served as President of Lakewood Community College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, from 1985 to 1992. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.A. and B.A. from Murray State University. Dr. Thornton is a Director of American Greetings Corporation, American Family Insurance, Republic Powdered Metals, Inc. (RPM, Inc.) and Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. She is a member of the Board for the Cleveland Museum of Art, Greater Cleveland Partnership (Chamber of Commerce), Playhouse Square Foundation, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Cleveland and New York), United Way of Greater Cleveland and University Hospitals Health Systems. Her term on the MSU Board expires in 2016. Stephen A. Williams
is President and CEO of Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a native of Livingston County. He has been with Norton since 1977 and has served as President/CEO since 1993. He began his career as administrator of Livingston County Hospital from 1972 to 1977 at age 22. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Murray State in 1972 and a master’s in health care administration from the University of Minnesota in 1978 and has received Distinguished Alumnus awards from both universities. Mr. Williams has served as a trustee of the American Hospital Association and as chair of its Regional Policy Board covering seven states and Washington, DC. He was chairman of the board of trustees of the Kentucky Hospital Association and received its prestigious Award of Excellence. He has chaired or served in leadership roles on the boards of numerous healthcare and civic boards at the state and national levels, including Louisville’s Chamber of Commerce, Regional Workforce Investment Board, Leadership Louisville, University Medical Center, Passport Health Plan, Metro United Way, Bellarmine University and Health Insights Foundation. His term on the MSU board expires in 2018.