Todd named interim Provost for 2015-16

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief As Provost Jay Morgan steps down from his role to become vice president of Academic Affairs for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, or CPE, Tim Todd, dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, will fill the open spot as interim Provost. Starting in …

Morgan steps down as Provost

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief After five years in the office of Associate Provost and Provost, Jay Morgan will step down from his position effective June 30. In an email sent to the University, Morgan wrote that he will be returning to a tenured professor position in the Huston School of Agriculture …

Murray State Christ Ambassador, relief team aids in Nepal

Story by Zachary Orr, Assistant News Editor Two hours into his return to Kathmandu from a remote village in Nepal April 28, Ryan Brooks felt the ground shift beneath his four-wheel drive truck as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the earth beneath him. He was experiencing the second largest earthquake …

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Payne named OVC Athlete of the Year

 

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For the second time in four years Murray State has seen the OVC Male Athlete of the Year award. Former point guard for the Racers, Cameron Payne had Head Coach Steve Prohm accept the award in his behalf on May 29.

Payne helped the team last season go undefeated for the second longest win streak at 25 wins that stretched back to December. This season’s team was the first at Murray State and the fifth in the OVC to go undefeated in their season. Payne also helped the Racers win their first round at the National Invitation Tournament before falling in the quarterfinals to Old Dominion.

Personally, Payne was the second fastest player in the Murray State’s history to reach 1,000 career points, according to ovcsports.com. Payne averaged 20.2 points per game and six assists per game. With an average of 32.2 minutes of playing time every game, Payne managed to receive several honors through his two years as a Racer.

Payne was named a third-team All-American by CBSSports.com, received an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and the Lute Olson National Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. He is projected to be a first round selection for the NBA Draft according to OVCSports.com.

Murray State has seen nine awards given to Racer athletes. Payne is no exception, his induction makes the seventh Racer to have the Male Athlete of the Year title. Among the former male athletes include Gary Hooker in 1980, Jeffery Martin Sr. in 1988 and 1989, Popeye Jones in 1991 and 1992, Marcus Brown in 1995, De’Teri Mayes in 1998 and Isaiah Canaan in 2012.

Payne is preparing for the NBA draft that take place June 25.

Todd named interim Provost for 2015-16

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

Tim Todd, dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, will be interim Provost during the 2015-16 academic year. Photo courtesy of raceralumni.com.

As Provost Jay Morgan steps down from his role to become vice president of Academic Affairs for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, or CPE, Tim Todd, dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, will fill the open spot as interim Provost.

Starting in the fall semester, there will be a national search conducted for the position. A search committee will be formed and a national search consultant to assist in this process will be selected. Associate Dean of the College of Business Gerry Muuka will be interim dean during 2015-16.

Todd said Morgan has a tremendous opportunity presented to him at the CPE and he has been wonderful at the University. He said he is excited to fill the role as interim Provost and his humbled to do so as Morgan transitions out of the Provost’s Office.

In this interim time frame, President Davies has asked me to serve as the interim Provost,”  he said. “I am honored and humbled by this, and with my love for Murray State over the past 20 years, I have accepted. This next year will be exciting as we will be in the first year of implementation of the MSU Strategic Plan. In addition to that, we will continue serving our students through teaching, research and service. In other words, we won’t ‘miss a beat’ in this coming academic year.”

In an email sent to the University community, President Bob Davies said he selected Todd because he wanted someone who will be a strong leader and advocate.

“In all of my interactions with Dr. Todd, as well as the numerous comments I have received regarding him, I have found him to be a stalwart advocate for Murray State, our faculty, staff and students, as well as the community,” Davies wrote. “He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to build consensus, to make difficult decisions when necessary in a fair and transparent manner, to engage others in a way to shape forward thinking objectives and to lead others in the pursuit of a shared vision of academic excellence and student success. I also know, as he has over this past year, provided me excellent advice, insights and wisdom that has shaped, or reshaped, my thinking on numerous issues. Moreover, through his leadership in guiding the strategic planning process, I know that he will have the sense of urgency needed to pursue the agenda for our University.”

Todd has been at Murray State since joining the organizational communication department in 1995, and has served as Assistant Provost in 1998 and Associate Provost in 2002 before becoming dean in 2006.

He will assume the position beginning July 1.

Morgan steps down as Provost

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

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After five years in the office of Associate Provost and Provost, Jay Morgan will step down from his position effective June 30.

In an email sent to the University, Morgan wrote that he will be returning to a tenured professor position in the Huston School of Agriculture for the 2015-16 academic year. However, Morgan said he will be “on loan” to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, or CPE, as the new vice president of Academic Affairs effective July 1.

Morgan noted that he will not be formally leaving the University, but will be working with the state government in Frankfort, Ky., until he returns to the University. His appointment will be through an agreement between CPE and Murray State.

“I consider this CPE appointment as a good professional opportunity for me and also good for Murray State, but acknowledge that these statewide governmental appointments can be fast and furious and at some time I will return to the University to just have fun teaching and interacting with students,” Morgan wrote.

He said President Bob Davies will be working through details during this transition and will appoint an interim Provost.

Morgan was selected as Provost in 2013 from a pool of 84 candidates and was one of four finalists. A 17-member search committee chaired by Jack Rose included representatives from each academic college and school, constituent groups, the Dean’s Council, professional staff, Student Affairs and athletics selected Morgan. … Continue Reading

Murray State Christ Ambassador, relief team aids in Nepal

Story by Zachary Orr, Assistant News Editor

People stand on rubble after the second earthquake to hit Nepal in two weeks. Photo courtesy of Ryan Brooks.

People stand on rubble after the second earthquake to hit Nepal in two weeks. Photo courtesy of Ryan Brooks.

Two hours into his return to Kathmandu from a remote village in Nepal April 28, Ryan Brooks felt the ground shift beneath his four-wheel drive truck as a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the earth beneath him.

He was experiencing the second largest earthquake to hit Nepal in the last three weeks. The first one, which registered 7.9 on the Richter scale, occurred April 25 and killed an estimated 8,500 people. The first earthquake inspired Brooks, lead missionary for Murray State’s Chi Alpha, to travel with a team for a two week relief project.

The quake Brooks was experiencing killed 48 more and left thousands injured. Brooks was on the side of a mountain four hours northeast of Kathmandu when it hit.

After experiencing dozens of tremors during his stay in Nepal, Brooks said he wasn’t scared for his life, but looking back he understands the danger of the situation he and his teammates were in.

“Maybe I should have been concerned for my safety,” he said.

Murray State alumna Liz Woods was a member of the relief team Brooks took part in. They, alongside members of the Evangel World Prayer Center in Louisville, Ky., spent the last two weeks aiding Nepalese citizens, trying to put their lives back together as much as possible. … Continue Reading

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1.IMG_1585_EDIT After senior T.J. Sapp made three free throws, the Racers went into overtime against Southeast Missouri State on Feb. 2. The Racers pulled out a win 94-92 placing them at win 21 and clinching the OVC regular season title.

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After senior T.J. Sapp made three free throws, the Racers went into overtime against Southeast Missouri State on Feb. 2. The Racers pulled out a win 94-92 placing them at win 21 and clinching the OVC regular season title.

 

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