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The Finest Place We Know

A Centennial History of Murray State University, 1922-2022

The work of this institution has only begun. . . . I want to see this faculty continue to develop in not only teaching ability, but heart power—the ability to lead and inspire. . . . I want to see the fullest opportunities furnished to students. . . . I want to see young men and women who will become effective leaders. . . . I want to see all of these things and more.—John W. Carr, first president of Murray State University, April 1, 1926

When Murray State University was founded shortly after World War I, it was a modest, one-building teachers college with a mandate to prepare better-trained educators for schools in the Jackson Purchase area of western Kentucky. Now Murray State has grown to become a major university with nearly 10,000 students from all over the world. Over the past century, this institution has indelibly shaped the lives of generations of talented young people, some of whom went on to enjoy remarkable careers at NASA, on the Kentucky Supreme Court, in Hollywood, and with the NBA.
In The Finest Place We Know, authors Robert L Jackson, Sean J. McLaughlin, and Sarah Marie Owens celebrate the one-hundred-year story of Murray State University by looking back on the people, places, and events that have shaped the institution's history. This comprehensive pictorial history features hundreds of images from the Pogue Special Collections Library as well as stories that explore everything from the school's first student-produced weekly newspaper, The College News, which began publication on June 24, 1927; to the hiring of Ernest T. Brooks, its first Black professor, in 1970; to the appointment of Dr. Kala Stroup, the first woman president of any Kentucky university. This work—equal parts history and celebration—presents an in-depth account of one of Kentucky's prosperous public universities.

About the Authors

Robert L Jackson is president of Murray State University. He formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of the Murray State University Foundation Inc., the senior advisor to the university for state and federal governmental relations, and as a Kentucky state senator. Sean J. McLaughlin is the special collections and exhibits director at Murray State University. He is the author of JFK and de Gaulle: How America and France Failed in Vietnam, 1961–1963 (University Press of Kentucky, 2019). Sarah Marie Owens is a library specialist at Murray State University, where she works on promoting the Pogue Special Collections and University Archives.

Reviews

"An engaging overview of the history of one of Kentucky's public comprehensive universities."—David D. Lee, professor of history and former provost at Western Kentucky University

"Warning. If you love Murray State—as thousands of us do—you will not be able to put this book down."—Kentucky Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) Bill Cunningham

"This wonderful book not only documents the history and rich traditions of Murray State University; it captures the passion and joy that thousands of former students, faculty, and staff have for this remarkable institution. The beautiful words of our alma mater can be heard on every page!"—Bonnie Higginson, retired provost and vice president of Academic Affairs

"This 'finest place' known as Murray State University occupies a special place in my life and heart. It provided me as a student with a holistic education: life changing, knowledge rich, and career oriented. It is the place 'where my future began!"—Jerry Sue Thornton (Pritchett), Murray State graduate, 1969–1971; president emeritus of Cuyahoga Community College, Ohio; CEO of DreamCatcher Education

"To know one's history is to know one's self; it is the foundation upon which each of us is built. I grew up in the shadow of Murray State University, and I was the first in family to graduate from there. My experiences at MSU built the foundation of my life. It's wonderful to read the school's full story in this book."—W. Earl Brown, class of '86

"Starting from a one-building school 100 years ago to serve the Jackson Purchase area to one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the country serving the world a 100 years later. This is Murray State University! This is Kentucky feeling blessed by having its claim on her."—Dr. Aaron Thompson, President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

"The vintage photos, the untold stories, and the rich tapestry of Murray State are exquisitely presented in this fabulous edition of The Finest Place We Know. Never before have I seen the history of a university so beautifully portrayed. This book will be a lifetime keepsake for everyone who ever attended this marvelous institution."—Admiral William H. McRaven, Son of 1939 Murray State Alumnus, Claude C. "Mac" McRaven

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