President Davies’ Schedule of Public Events

Dec. 1
Telecommunications Systems Management/Department of Computer Science and Information Systems – Infotech – Welcome, 9 a.m., Curris Center Theatre 

Ed.D. Advisory Committee Welcome, 11 a.m., Alexander Hall

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Retired Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Oakhurst

Hutson School of Agriculture Future Farmers of America All-Region Stars Banquet, 6 p.m., CFSB Center Murray Room

AIDS Walk, 7 p.m., Lovett Auditorium

Red Tie Affair, 7:30 p.m., Curris Center Theatre

Dec. 2
Guidance Counselor Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Grand Rivers, KY

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

Dec. 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

Adventures:  Life and Its Experiences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Freed Curd Auditorium

Murray State University (MSU) Lady Racers vs. Evansville, 5 p.m., CFSB Center 

MSU Racers vs. Bethel, 7 p.m., CFSB Center

Dec. 4
Special Board of Regents Meeting, 8 a.m., Pogue Library Jesse Stuart Room

New Music Recital, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Hall, Old Fine Arts Building

Sigma Alpha Iota Music Sorority Caroling, 8 p.m., Oakhurst 

Dec. 5
Fall Classes End 

Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Christmas Open House, 11 a.m., 201 Industry and Technology Center

School of Nursing Retired Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Oakhurst

Dec. 6
Staff Congress Children’s Christmas Party, 1 p.m., Curris Center Rocking Chair Lounge

Top High School Students Reception, 3:30 p.m., Pogue Library

MSU Racers vs. Western Kentucky University, 5:30 p.m., CFSB Center

Community Band Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church

Dec. 7-9
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN

Dec. 10
Registrar’s Office Annual Christmas Breakfast, 8:15 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church 

“Savor the Southwest,” 11:30 a.m., Oakley Dining Room

Department of Mathematics and Statistics Christmas Open House, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 6C Faculty Hall

Town & Gown/President’s Office Holiday Open House, 4 p.m., Oakhurst

Dec. 11
Staff Congress – Staff Holiday Reception, 1 p.m., Curris Center Ballroom 

Dec. 12
Hitimu Celebration, 7 p.m., Curris Center Theatre 

School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony, 7 p.m., Curris Center Ballroom

Dec. 13
Commencement, 10 a.m., CFSB Center 

Dec. 15
12 Gadgets of Christmas, 11:30 a.m., Waterfield Library

Dec. 17
Staff Congress, 1:30 p.m., Applied Science Building 

Top High School Students Reception, 5 p.m., Pogue Library

MSU Racers vs. Alcorn State, 7 p.m., CFSB Center

Dec. 20
MSU Lady Racers vs. Jacksonville State, 1 p.m., CFSB Center 

MSU Racers vs. Illinois State, 3 p.m., CFSB Center

Dec. 22-Jan. 4
MSU Offices Closed – Christmas/New Year Holiday 

Jan. 5
MSU Offices Open


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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