l Minutes of the Quarterly Meeting of the Board of Regents
‘ Murray State University
June 18, 2004
The Board of Regents of Murray State University met on June 18, 2004, in quarterly
session in the Jesse Smart Room of Pogue Library on the main campus of Murray State
University. The meeting was called to order at 1:50 p.m. by Chair Sid Easley. Regent Wells
Lovett gave the invocation.
l Chair Easley recognized Josh Rose’s family who was present for the meeting. He also
recognized Judge Bill Cunningham of Eddyville, Kentucky. Judge Cumringham expressed
appreciation to Sid Easley for his years of service as Chair of the Board of Regents and to Wells
Lovett as a long-time member for his outstanding service to the Board. He thanked President
King Alexander and the Board for their outstanding work to make alumni very proud of Murray
Upon roll call, the following members were present: Marilyn Buchanon, Olivia Burr, Lori
Dial, Beverly Ford, Peg Hays, Wells Lovett, Michael Miller, Josh Rose, Don Sparks, Terry
Strieter and Sid Easley. Absent: none.
Others present were F. King Alexander, President of the University; Sandra M. Rogers,
Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Regents; Tom Denton, Vice President for
Finance and Administrative Services and Treasurer of the Board of Regents; Don Robertson,
Vice President for Student Affairs; Jimmy Carter, Vice President for Institutional Advancement;
Gary Brockway, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Joyce Gordon, Associate Vice
President for Human Resources; Dewey Yeatts, Associate Vice President for Facilities
Management and Chief Facilities Officer; John Rall, General Counsel; members of the faculty,
staff, students, news media and visitors. `
· Minutes of the Board of Regents Quarterly Meeting on February 27, 2004, approved
Mr. Miller moved, seconded by Mrs. Buchanon, that the Minutes of the Board of Regents
meeting held on February 27, 2004, be approved. Motion carried.
Report of the`President
President Alexander distributed a booklet of his PowerPoint presentation with updates.
He expressed his pride on the progress of the University and the role the Board of Regents has
played in making the progress possible. Murray State has the best Board of Regents in the state.
Chairman Easley has a lot to be commended for in making this happen after decades of problems
at Murray State.
l. Enrollment Update
Our summer enrollment is up about 3.2 percent. We are high on in-state students and our
out-of-state student enrollment is up 5 percent as well. Our intemational enrollment is down.
We anticipate a slight enrollment decline in the fall with the convergence of factors on
Tennessee and Illinois and certainly budget cuts and increases in tuition which always impact
student enrollment. Our enrollment is down in freshmen and up in transfer students. We have i
increases from our 18 county service region and a substantial increase in African-American
· 2. Graduation Rates
Our graduation rate is 56.3 percent. Nationally that puts us in the top 25 percentile of
public universities. This is the true outcome and this is what shapes Kentucky’s economy in the