Robert-O-DaviesDr. Robert O. DaviesMADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/14/14) — Dr. Robert O. Davies, the 13th president of Murray State University, addressed a joint meeting of the Madisonville Rotary Club and Madisonville Lions Club Wednesday, Aug. 13. Davies was appointed July 14.

Davies gave the gathering an impressive presentation of his passion for Murray State and education at all levels. He also demonstrated a knowledge of Murray State and communities that would be expected of a person with many years of experience.

Davies clearly understands the mission of Murray State and believes that the Madisonville Campus is a huge part of MSU’s future. He wants MSU to be a part of the solutions for local communities and to work very closely with local school system.

The three stars in MSU’s logo stand for “Achievement, Endeavour and Hope.” Davies said he will embrace those three words as his guiding standards for leading the university. He believes that Murray State is an exceptional organization with 60 percent of students graduating.

“We are changing lives,” he said. “We are changing the demographics … and economics of the people we serve.”

Davies met with Hopkins County Schools Superintendent, Linda Zellich earlier Wednesday. Davies quoted Zellich with a point that he would take back to MSU. He quoted Zellich as saying, “It is our job as educators to find the talent in every kid we see.”

Davies said that the total knowledge of mankind is doubling every three years. The tremendous growth of knowledge is a challenge not only for the university, but also for students.

Davies said he is working with Madisonville Community College to secure the $5 million match for the new building on the MCC campus that will house MSU classes. Davies said that he believes that about $3 million has been secured. He declined to be more specific.

Murray State staff members, who serve on the Madisonville Campus, expressed their excitement about Davies as their new leader. Club members also expressed highly positive responses to Davies' talk.

Davies spoke for nearly 40 minutes without using notes, and gave a clear vision of where he hopes to lead Murray State University.

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