Campus News Top Stories — 25 August 2014


Students, faculty, staff, community members invited to attend

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s seminar series, “Adventures: Life and Its Experiences,” begins its second year with a fall semester installment onMonday, Sept. 8, with Dick Weaver. His presentation will be held at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium (Room 240) of Alexander Hall on campus.

“Adventures: Life and Its Experiences” is a series of seminars during the academic year allowing students, faculty, alumni and the community involvement in interactive sessions with speakers who have a wealth of academic and entrepreneurial experiences. Speakers discuss their experiences related to their successes and their challenges — each one has a story to tell. The series provides the audience with the opportunity to interact with, and to learn from, the life stories of others while providing connections to Murray State’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Bring Learning to Life.

Weaver is a friend of and donor to Murray State University. His interests and lifetime activities fall into four main categories: military, industrial management, consulting and concerned citizen. Weaver was born in 1927 to a Ft. Wayne, Ind., family of modest means at a time when your peer group took care of bullies and most people left school after the eighth grade.

Weaver finished high school just in time to join the Army and be on his way to Japan when the bomb was dropped. He is not among those who question that Truman decision. After his tour of duty was over, he studied science and engineering at Indiana University, but was called back into the service during the Korean War. He was in the 82nd and 187th Airborne Divisions from 1950-54, and when he came back to the states he was integrated into the last black unit in the military. That experience expanded his cultural horizons.

Weaver graduated from Indiana University in 1956 with a bachelor of science business and in 1958 with an M.B.A. in business/marketing/management. His first job was with RCA where he developed a reputation as someone who would get the hard jobs done. RCA’s promotion policy provided for freely moving people around the company, which gave Dick the opportunity to develop a broad range of capabilities. In 1964, he went to RCA’s corporate headquarters and moved to New Jersey. Weaver was in charge of building the first flight controls for the Lunar Excursion Module, which was the moon lander portion of the Apollo Spacecraft that put men on the moon.

After he left RCA, he became a management consultant and eventually created his own consulting firm. He worked with more than 300 companies, universities, cities, hospitals and other institutions during his career.

His late wife, Dr. Jan Weaver, came to Murray State in 1985 as a professor and dean of education, where she remained until her retirement in 1997. She was chosen “Educator of the Year in Kentucky” in 1989.

In June 2001, Dick was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by MSU in recognition of his exemplary support of the institution. Last year, he received the inaugural award as a Citizen of Good Character by the Character Counts Coalition of Murray-Calloway County.

The seminar series is free and open to all Murray State students, faculty and staff, as well as community members. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

“Adventures: Life and Its Experiences” is co-sponsored by Dr. Renee Fister with the Provost Office, and is coordinated by Fister and Dr. Renae Duncan.


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