Bevin appoints two new Board of Regents members

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Story by Stella ChildressContributing writer

Matt Bevin, governor of Kentucky, appointed Walter Bumphus and Lisa Rudolph to the Murray State Board of Regents. They will be officially appointed on Sept. 9 and will serve until June 2022, a total of six terms.

“As with all members of our Board of Regents, Lisa and Walter have clearly demonstrated their commitment to Murray State University, and specifically our students,” said Bob Davies, Murray State president. “Each of them have dedicated their lives to ensuring students have access to higher education.”

Lisa Rudolph is an alumna of Murray State and is co-owner of a wholesale tire distributing company called Rudolph’s, Inc. and a trucking company in Murray called Rudolph Freight.

Rudolph and her husband founded the Four Rivers Foundation, providing scholarships to students in the Fulton Independent, Fulton County, Hickman County and Carlisle County school districts.

Rudolph was appointed to fill the expired term of Harry Lee Waterfield, II.

Walter G. Bumphus, also a Murray State alumnus, earned an honorary doctorate in higher education administration. He serves as the president of American Association of Community Colleges.

“Remember the game-changing aspects of this education,” Bumphus said during the speech he gave during May commencement.

He also emphasized the opportunities that can come with a higher education and opportunities that graduates can create for themselves.

“Both regents Rudolph and Bumphus are graduates from Murray State, and I am sure they both have a great love for MSU,” said Clint Combs, Student Government Association president and student regent.

“I look forward to the year to come, as we continue to advance our goals of being the best student-centered university in the nation,” Combs said.

The Board of Regents will meet on Sept. 9 for a summer quarterly meeting.