Randy Dunn, president of Murray State University (#329)
Randy Dunn, president of Murray State University, outlines his goals for the school, life on campus, and how Murray can serve the entire state.
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Before coming to Murray State University, Randy Dunn served as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and college professor in Illinois and as a professor at Memphis State University. He talks with Goodman about his impressions of Kentucky, including the state’s national reputation as a leader in education reform, Murray State’s consistently high level of quality, and the growing momentum of what he refers to as “quality of life factors”—health, arts, culture, and economic development—around the Commonwealth.
Dunn also discusses the sense of community on the Murray campus. Blogs, clubs, ministries, and engaging professors, he says, provide opportunities for students to feel connected and form lasting relationships with the university. One of the major challenges he faces is retaining that strong sense of community while significantly expanding enrollment.
Finally, Dunn discusses his desire to use the influence of the university to improve the lives of all Kentuckians, not just to prepare Murray students for careers.