MSU Crisp Center opens to the public


Reporter- Briana Conner
Photographer- David Dycus

PADUCAH, Ky.— Murray State University's Crisp Center is now open to the public. Tuesday afternoon, representatives from the university and the city had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the front of the facility to officially open the new Paducah regional campus.

They gave credit to leaders in both cities for working together to make the building a reality. They also thanked the Crisp family and Pepsi MidAmerica for a 1.3 million dollar donation that funded furnishings and equipment for the center and a scholarship endowment.

The two-story building has 19 classrooms with interactive, state of the art technology. There are also two student lounges. The MSU-Paducah partnership that brought the building here is something leaders on both sides say will bring better education and economic opportunities to western Kentucky.

MSU Board of Regents Member Susan Guess said, "In the days and years ahead, we will be witness to change in those who walk through these doors and into a future defined by a college education." Board Chair Dr. Constantine Curris added the center was built on a promise to bring education closer to people.

MSU's Paducah regional campus will partner with West Kentucky Community and Technical College to make a 2+2 program available for students seeking bachelor's degrees.

Their old building on the south side of Paducah will either be turned back over to The University of Kentucky, or bought and then re-sold.