Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies is a finalist for the presidentís job at Murray State University. He will interview for the position Tuesday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
EOU president will be interviewed on Tuesday
Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies may be moving from the Blue Mountains to the Bluegrass state.
Davies is a finalist for the position of president of Murray State University in Murray, Ky.
Davies will travel to Murray this weekend and will be interviewed by the Murray State University’s institutional board Tuesday. He said that deciding to apply for the position was difficult.
“It was a tough decision,” Davies said. “We love it here.”
Davies said he applied for the position at Murray State because a colleague suggested that he seek the opening. Davies said that he is periodically contacted by people asking if he might be interested in a open president position at a university.
“Usually it is easy for me to say no thank you,” Davies said.
In this case, though, he had so much respect for the colleague recommending the Murray State position that he felt he had to take a serious look at it.
The EOU president said it will take a lot for him to accept the position at Murray State if it is offered.
“It is going to have be an amazing fit,” Davies said.
Murray State has 10,943 students, according to its website. It is a state supported public university. Murray, a town of almost 18,000, is in Southwest Kentucky.
Davies said that if he is selected as Murray State’s president and he accepts the position, he would remain at Eastern through the end June.
Davies, 47, is completing his fifth year as president of Eastern. He came to Eastern from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he had been since 2006.