President Dr. Davies's Schedule of Public Events

Sept. 2

Faculty Senate
(3:30 p.m.), Curris Center Barkley Room

 

IFC Kick-Off Welcome
(5 p.m.), Lovett Auditorium

 

Sept. 3

Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Presidents Meeting
(11 a.m. ET), Frankfort, KY

 

CPE Funding Model Steering Committee
(1 p.m. ET), Frankfort, KY

 

Sept. 4

Paducah Chamber of Commerce “Power in Partnership” Breakfast – Keynote Speaker

(7:30 a.m.), Paducah, KY


 

Paducah Sun Photo Opportunity
(9:15 a.m.), Paducah Regional Campus, Paducah, KY

 

Murray State University (MSU) Classes
(9:30 a.m.), Paducah Regional Campus, Paducah, KY

 

Paducah Symphony Orchestra Representatives
(11 a.m.), Paducah, KY

 

Leadership Launch Murray State – Pre-event
(4:30 p.m.), Murray, KY

 

Hutson School of Agriculture Hutson Harvest Gala
(6 p.m.), The Arboretum at MSU

 

Sept. 5

Kentucky Association for College Admissions Counseling – College Counselor Information Exchange 

(1 p.m. ET), Louisville, KY

 

The Terry Meiner Show
(4 p.m. ET), Louisville, KY

 

College Rivalry Night
(6 p.m. ET), Churchill Downs Clubhouse, Louisville, KY

 

Sept. 6

MSU Tailgate Event
(5:30 p.m. ET), Papa John’s Stadium, Louisville, KY

 

MSU Racers vs. University of Louisville
(7 p.m. ET), Papa John’s Stadium, Louisville, KY

 

Sept. 7

Lambda Chi Alpha Smoker
(5 p.m.), Lambda Chi House, Murray, KY

 

Sept. 8

Adventures:  Life and Its Experiences Series – Dick Weaver
(4 p.m.), Alexander Hall Room 240

 

WKMS Partners and Donors Reception
(6:30 p.m.), Murray, KY

 

Sept. 9

Staff Leadership Breakfast
(8 a.m.), Oakhurst

 

Administrative Council
(10 a.m.), Curris Center Commonwealth Room

 

Murray Lions Club – Keynote Speaker
(6:30 p.m.), Murray Woman’s Clubhouse

 

Sept. 10

Career Services Center Groundbreaking
(10:30 a.m.), Murray Industrial Park

 

Community United Benevolent Supporters (CUBS) Luncheon
(12 noon), Murray, KY

 

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

 

Black Student Council Coronation
(6 p.m.), Curris Center Ballroom

 

Sept. 11

Briggs and Stratton and Iwis Tour
(9 a.m.), Murray, KY

 

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Edward Jones Student Boardroom Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
(3 p.m.), 1st Floor Business Building

 

Murray City Council Reception and Dinner
(4:30 p.m.), Oakhurst

 

Sept. 12

Athletics Open House
(11 a.m.), Stewart Stadium Room 217

 

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

 

Oktoberfest Welcome Party
(4 p.m.), Murray, KY

 

Sept. 14

Murray State Day – The Journey Church
(11 a.m.), Curris Center

 

Sept. 15-16

CPE Meeting
(TBD), Frankfort, KY

 

Sept. 16

3rd Annual Conversation and Dessert featuring Mara Keisling
(7:30 p.m.), Curris Center Ballroom

 

Sept. 17

Campus Policy/Strategy Discussion with Bob Hall
(10 a.m.), Curris Center Stables

 

President’s Lunch
(11:30 a.m.), Winslow Dining Hall

 

Staff Congress
(1:30 p.m.), Applied Science Building

 

Student Leaders Dinner
(5:30 p.m.), Oakhurst

 

Sept. 18

Construction Career Day
(10 a.m.), William Cherry Expo Center

 

Joint Admissions Agreement Signing with Hopkinsville Community College President Jay Allen
(1 p.m.), Cadiz, KY

 

Breathitt Veterinary Center Groundbreaking
(3 p.m.), Hopkinsville Regional Campus

 

Sept. 19

Hancock Biological Station Tour
(2:30 p.m.), Murray, KY

 

Sept. 20

Dr. James W. Hammack, Jr. Scholarship Banquet
(7 p.m.), Curris Center Ballroom

 

Sept. 22

Calloway County Judge-Executive and County Officials/Magistrates Reception and Dinner

(5 p.m.), Oakhurst


 

Sept. 23

Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce Business @ Breakfast
(7:30 a.m.), CFSB Center

 

“Students Fight Back”
(7 p.m.), Curris Center Ballroom

 

Sept. 24-25

Donor Trip, New York, NY

 

Sept. 25

BBQ on the River Dunker Photo Booth
(5 p.m.), Paducah, KY

 

“A Celebration of Music” Concert Performance
(7:30 p.m.), Carson Center, Paducah, KY

 

Sept. 26

Annual High School Media Workshop
(9 a.m.), Curris Center Ballroom

 

Mr. MSU Pageant Judge
(7 p.m.), Lovett Auditorium

 

Sept. 27

BBQ on the River Judge
(9 a.m.), Paducah, KY

 

Racer Days
(1 p.m.), Curris Center Ballroom

 

“A Celebration of Music” Concert Performance
(2:30 p.m.), CFSB Center

 

Commonwealth Honors Academy Welcome and Certificate Presentation
(3 p.m.), Mason Hall

MSU Racers vs. Jacksonville State – Family Weekend
(6 p.m.), Roy Stewart Stadium

 

Sept. 30

Cadiz Rotary Club – Keynote Speaker
(12 noon), Cadiz, KY

 

Trigg County High School Visit
(1:15 p.m.), Cadiz, KY

 

Transcraft Company Tour
(2 p.m.), Cadiz, KY

 

Trigg County Superintendent
(3:15 p.m.), Cadiz, KY

 

Thoroughbred Academy Reception
(4 p.m.), Cadiz, KY


Dr. Robert O. Davies

President

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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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