Partnership in Action

The Town & Gown Partnership at Murray State University has 39 current partners representing both small and large businesses in our area as well as our city and county leadership. The Town & Gown partnership is actively involved in enhancing the quality of living and learning in our communities through various avenues. We take great pride in knowing that 75% of the partnership fee is invested directly into the community through sponsorship of community events and activities, while 25% is invested in special programming for our partners.

Investing in our Community and Our University

  • Presenting Sponsor for the Hutson Harvest Gala (September 2019) featuring a farm-to-table menu with locally and regionally grown “Kentucky Proud” ingredients while showcasing the University’s Hutson School of Agriculture. All proceeds directly benefit the Murray State University Arboretum which is open to the public and provides the community a beautiful garden atmosphere and walking path as well as opportunities to learn more about horticulture. 

  • Silver Sponsor of the Murray Half-Marathon which benefits the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House

  • Co-sponsored Community Night with the Murray Police Department

  • Co-sponsor for MSU Family Weekend (2019 and 2020)

  • Awarded the Town & Gown Retention Scholarship to students from Murray High School and Calloway County High School

Investing in Culture

  • Hosted three concerts by the Town & Gown Community Band and Chorale. These family-friendly concerts are free and open to the public

  • Sponsored transportation for the Murray Art Guild “Art Hop” as well as the awards for the Visual Evidence Exhibition (2019)

  • Exclusive sponsor of the 2019 WKMS Public Journalism Lecture featuring NPR’s Business Desk Correspondent Yuki Noguchi and will continue to sponsor this event in the future

  • The coordinator for the Town & Gown partnership serves on the board for the MSU Arboretum and Murray Main Street

Investing in Our Partners

  • Held three Town & Gown President’s breakfasts providing unique programming that is only available to our partners

  • Provided access to the Alumni Business Directory

  • Hosted multiple “Partners Only” virtual speaker events in the fall of 2020 to keep our partners engaged with the university and community during the COVID 19 pandemic.

  • Access to University community and leadership

  • Hosted partners as special guests of the President at MSU football and basketball games


Town & Gown Partnership

Jennifer Robertson
Director of Donor Engagement and Communications
Coordinator of Town & Gown Partnership Program
Office of Development
Murray State University

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