1887 - Morehead Normal School opens as a private, church-supported institution.
1922 - Morehead Normal School closes. Gov. Edwin Morrow signs legislative act creating state normal schools in Eastern and Western Kentucky; Morehead selected as eastern site.
1923 - Morehead State Normal School begins classes with Frank C. Button as president.
1926 - Name changed to Morehead State Normal School and Teachers College.
1927 - First class graduated (four persons).
1928 - Alumni Association founded.
1929 - Dr. John Howard Payne named second president.
1930 - Name changed to Morehead State Teachers College.
1935 - Dr. Harvey Babb becomes third president.
1940 - Dr. William H. Vaughan named fourth president.
1942 - U.S. Naval Electrical School based on campus through 1944.
1946 - Dr. William J. Baird becomes fifth president. Breckinridge Training School wins state high school basketball championship.
1948 - Name changed to Morehead State College. MSU helped organize Ohio Valley Conference.
1951 - Dr. Charles Spain appointed sixth president.
1953 - MSU becomes a member of the NCAA.
1954 - Dr. Adron Doran named seventh president.
1965 - WMKY becomes first public radio station in East Kentucky.
1966 - Name changed to Morehead State University.
1972 - MSU celebrates 50th anniversary as a public institution.
1977 - Dr. Morris L. Norfleet becomes eighth president.
1979 - MSU Foundation incorporated.
1984 - Dr. Herb. F. Reinhard becomes ninth president.
1986 - Dr. A. D. Albright becomes 10th president.
1987 - Dr. C. Nelson Grote becomes 11th president.
1992 - Dr. Ronald G. Eaglin becomes 12th president.
1995 - Eight buildings designated as National Historic District.
1997 - MSU celebrates 75th anniversary as a public institution.
1999 - A Light to the Mountains published as history of MSU.
2000 - First faculty chair endowed, honoring Dr. C. Louise Caudill.
2005 - Dr. Wayne D. Andrews named 13th president.