We established the Roads Scholars Program. We increased the money for I
recruiting and the leadership met with the recruiters. We moved to create
regional campuses - not just in one area but in four areas. We established a
residential college system. We re-established political contacts in Frankfort.
We became active in statewide educational movements, the movement to reform
higher education in Kentucky.
_ These are but isolated examples of a movement where we began to look
outward rather than inward. The guiding stars of that movement were access to
[ ·· higher education and what is best for the students. The leap of faith in that
_ philosophy is that when students are recruited and they are retained then faculty
and staff morale automatically is enhanced. It has happened.
0 We haven’t been perfect by any means. This place will change and the
lure of inwardness is as strong as ever, but it is a deliverance that does not deliver.
Our students and prospective students must be our priority.
A For Murray good leadership is a must. Without it we will quickly revert
to the days when the institution begins to exist for itself rather than those that it
serves. Because of Mu1ray’s location and its size relative to other universities in
Kentucky and the distance to state government, Murray State has to be united and
it has to scratch. It has the leadership now to do that, but we have to constantly
be on guard because the lure is to be comfortable and the lure is to look inside.
Report of the Treasurer
Treasurer Tom Denton presented and reviewed the financial and investment reports for
the period of July 1, 2003 - March 31, 2004. Following a brief discussion, Mr. Miller moved,
seconded by Mrs. Ford, that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted. Motion carried.
. (See Attachments #2 and #3)
Report of the Registrar
Mr. Josh Rose moved, seconded by Mrs. Buchanon, that the Board of Regents, upon the
recommendation of the President of the University, ratify the awarding of the degrees to
individuals on May 8, 2004, as recommended by the Registrar.
(See Attachment #4)
It was pointed out that the May 2004 class was the largest graduating class in the history
of Murray State University. °
Mr. Sparks moved, seconded by Mrs. Ford, that the Board of Regents, upon the
recommendation of the President of the University, accept the contribution of assets from the
MSU Athletic Foundation (Racer Foundation) as presented in the attached listing valued at
(See Attachment #5)
Helen Irene Shemwell Rousseau Resolution
As a friend and attomey for Helen Irene Shemwell Rousseau, Board Member Wells `
Lovett read the following resolution: