Dr. Robert O. Davies to be officially installed as 13th president

MURRAY, Ky. — An investiture ceremony for Dr. Robert O. Davies as the 13th president of Murray State University (MSU) will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 10, in the university’s historic Lovett Auditorium. MSU students, faculty and staff, along community members from the region and state, are invited to join delegates from education institutions and friends, family and colleagues of Davies, at the ceremony.

Investiture ceremonies for universities and colleges date back to the University of Bologna in Italy, when scholars assembled and marched in academic dress on the occasion of the installation of the rector. The tradition has retained its distinction as the formal observance of the installation of the president of the institution. An investiture ceremony directs attention to the mission of the university and its ongoing importance to society while affording a new president the opportunity to present a personal vision for the institution.

The ceremony begins with an academic processional. A macebearer will lead in delegates from colleges and universities, Murray State faculty and the presidential party. The MSU Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dennis L. Johnson, director of bands at Murray State, will perform the processional and recessional. The MSU Concert Choir, with Dr. Bradley Almquist conducting, will provide special music during the ceremony as well as performing the university’s alma mater, “In the Heart of Jackson’s Purchase,” following Davies investiture address.

Members of the Murray State University board of regents offering remarks include Michael Dobbs, student regent, who will give the invocation, and Harry Lee Waterfield II, board chair, with the welcome.

Dr. Jay Morgan, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will make the introductions.

David Moss, president, MSU Alumni Association; Phil Schooley, staff regent; Dr. Martin Jacobs, faculty regent; and Dobbs, as student regent, will deliver salutations on behalf of the university community.

Greetings will be brought from Murray Mayor Jack Rose and Calloway County Judge Executive Larry Elkins. Rep. Kenny Imes and Sen. Stan Humphries will represent Kentucky’s General Assembly.

The stage party will also include Dr. Robert King, president of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education.

Dr. Dick Davies, father of Murray State President Robert O. Davies, will introduce his son. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will then deliver remarks.

The investiture of Davies as Murray’s 13th president will be presided over by Waterfield, Sharon Green, vice chair of the board of regents, and Dr. Tim Miller, MSU President Emeritus. At that time, Davies will respond with his message, “Achievement, Endeavor and Hope,” for the university community and friends of the school.

Davies was selected as Murray State University’s 13th president on March 12, 2014. His official duties began at the university on July 14, 2014.

Most recently, Davies had served as the president of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Before accepting the presidency at Eastern Oregon, he was vice president for university relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, associate vice president for alumni relations and development at the State University of New York at Buffalo and executive director of the alumni association at Boise State University in Idaho.

Davies received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. He earned his M.B.A. in finance and marketing in 1991 from the University of Oregon and his B.S. in management at the University of Nevada in Reno in 1989. Davies received the Higher Education Leadership certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 2007. He also attended Harvard’s Seminar for New Presidents in 2009.

He has served on a number of university committees throughout his career and has been active in community service. Davies holds memberships in several professional associations including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of American State Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education.

On the personal side, Davies is married to Cindy Davies and they are the proud parents of one daughter — Katie.

After the recessional, a reception will be held in Pogue Library’s Wells T. Lovett Grand Reading Room. Everyone is invited to attend both the investiture and the reception. For those who cannot attend, the investiture will be streamed live online at www.murraystate.edu/streaming.

For more information on the investiture and the week of events surrounding it, go online at www.murraystate.edu/investiture.


– Photo by Allie Douglass/ Murray State University



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