MURRAY, Ky. (August 3, 2018) — Murray State University President Bob Davies has announced he’s leaving his post at the university to become the 15th president at Central Michigan University, effective September 1. The University’s Board of Regents is expected to move quickly to name an interim president to ensure a seamless transition as the University prepares for a national presidential search.
Known for his student-centered philosophy, commitment to the community, unyielding advocacy for higher education and inclusive leadership style, Dr. Robert O. Davies has served as the president of Murray State University since July 2014.
“On behalf of the Board of Regents, I want to thank President Davies for his leadership, service and commitment to our student-centered vision at Murray State University over the past four years,” said Susan Guess, board chairwoman. “Together, we have celebrated many accomplishments and faced challenges head on. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”
During Davies’ tenure, the University developed the 2015–22 Strategic Plan that focuses on four pillars: 1) academic quality; 2) student success; 3) research, scholarship and creative activities; and 4) community engagement. The University created an Honors College, introduced and invested in a progressive new scholarship model, broke ground for two new academic buildings, opened Franklin Residential Hall and launched a new strategic marketing plan.
Davies thanked Murray State’s outstanding Board of Regents, faculty, staff, students and alumni for their dedication and support during his presidency.
“I have learned greatly from each of you and I know Murray State will continue to be a premiere University well into the future,” said Davies. “My family and I will always remember the tremendous friendships and memories that are based in Murray and west Kentucky. We are extremely grateful.”