Murray State President's Contract Not Renewed

Mar 16, 2013

MURRAY, Ky. -- The Murray State Board of Regents has voted not to extend the contract of President Randy Dunn and begin a search for a new president of the southwestern Kentucky school.

The 7-4 vote came Friday afternoon and will bring Dunn's tenure to an end June 30, 2014.

University spokeswoman Catherine Sivills says the board is pushing for a plan to find Dunn's replacement at its May meeting. Sivills did not say why the board voted to end Dunn's term, calling it a personnel matter.

The university tapped Dunn as its 11th president in May of 2006 and he took over the job on Dec. 1, 2006. Before arriving at Murray State, Dunn served as the State Superintendent of Education for the Illinois State Board of Education.

In 2012, Dunn interviewed for the presidency of Missouri State University and interviewed to become the next Florida Commissioner of Education. In October 2010, the University of Tennessee's presidential search panel announced its semifinalists, and while Dunn was nominated as an applicant, he was not selected.

Dunn took over the full-time job from Fieldon King Alexander, who served from 2001-2005, and two interim presidents, Samuel Kern Alexander and Tim Miller, both of whom held the post in 2006.

Dunn beat out provost Tim Todd for the position. The other finalist, Tim Hudson, president of the University of Houston-Victoria, withdrew from consideration.

All three finalists visited the 10,300-student school in far western Kentucky before Dunn's selection.