Staff Congress reacts to ouster of Murray State president


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

MURRAY, Ky, - The Staff Congress at Murray State University added their voices to those disagreeing with the Board of Regents. 

On Friday, the board decided not to renew President Randy Dunn's contract.

The Staff Congress issued the following letter Tuesday:

19 March 2013
For Immediate Release
On Behalf of the Murray State University Staff Congress

I have been in contact with over half the members of the Murray State University Staff Congress since the conclusion of the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, March 15, 2013. The sentiments expressed by those members and others on the Murray State staff that have contacted me or that I have read address two issues.

First, the Staff Congress would like to express its disappointment that the Murray State
University Board of Regents voted not to extend the contract of Dr. Randy Dunn. The Staff Survey of 2011 gave the President high approval ratings and the Staff Congress recently passed a resolution expressing its support of the president and recognizing his support of the staff. The staff of Murray State University and the faculty as well have benefited from Dr. Dunn's shared governance policy.

Second, the members of the Congress and other staff members are concerned at the manner in which the board operated. When the ad-hoc contract committee was established, it was for the purpose of conducting further research regarding the contract and compiling additional information which was to be conveyed to the full Board at its March meeting. This is what was outlined in the minutes of the committee's February meeting. On Friday, the committee approved those minutes in their morning meeting and then adjourned. In the quarterly meeting of the full Board that afternoon, the committee presented those minutes for approval and concluded their report. It was then immediately indicated that a vote was to be taken.

While the Board is free to act as it sees fit within the statutes under which it is legally required to operate, one is left to wonder why material that had been given to the committee and which had been reported in various media outlets, three examples being the Faculty Senate Resolution, the Staff Congress Resolution and the letter from the area Public School Superintendents, as well as other materials the committee was to gather were not presented before a vote was taken.  In conclusion, the general feeling is one of sadness and disappointment in Dr. Dunn's contract not being extended and one of deep concern regarding the actions of the Board of Regents.


John P. Young, Jr., President
Murray State University Staff Congress