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2012 President's Report

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Friends of MSU,

I am pleased to share with you my Annual Report for 2011-12. While this report recaps a year of progress and good news, reviewing it caused me to reflect not only on the past year, but also on the history of Morehead State University. We are celebrating 125 years of hope, promise and opportunity as an educational institution. From its humble beginnings in 1887 to nationally recognized programs and alumni in key positions around the world, MSU has achieved remarkable status in more than a century of existence.

This spring, we applauded as two of our alumni gained prominence at the national level. Kenneth Faried (11) of the Denver Nuggets was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team, and Steve Kazee (02) became our first alumnus to win a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway musical “Once.”

Academic quality is at the core of the institution, and this is substantiated by the fact that the University has received reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In state and national rankings, MSU has been recognized as the safest campus in Kentucky for thesecond straight year by, a leading website for college information, and as one of the top public universities in the South for the eighth consecutive year by U.S.News & World Report.

Despite a challenging economy, MSU has continued to make significant progress in several areas during the 2011-12 year. Last fall, the University achieved the highest enrollment, along with the best incoming student academic profile, in the history of the institution. In addition to recruiting the best and brightest students, the University also is recruiting extraordinary faculty who provide a quality educational experience for students both in the classroom and in research. Faculty members in all disciplines are engaging students in scholarly endeavors outside the traditional classroom setting.

Another area where the University has focused its efforts is on college readiness and student success. While the University has offered dual enrollment opportunities for several years, the Early College Program (ECP) was enhanced and expanded in the fall of 2011 in support of Senate Bill 1 from the 2009 legislative session. The University partnered with 40 schools in 26 counties to allow students to earn up to 24 college credits during their junior and senior years. The ECP prepares students to transition into postsecondary education as full-time students while reducing their time to degree and improving affordability. Approximately 2,300 students participated in the program.

I am perhaps the proudest of the collective response and outpouring of support by our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for those affected by the tornadoes in Eastern Kentucky in March. Rebuilding will take some time, and MSU will be there to help.

Finally, I want to thank you for your support during the past year. It is through your efforts that we are able to move the University forward and realize our founders’ vision of being a “Light to the Mountains.” We expect to continue this momentum and make much more progress in the year to come.

Wayne D. Andrews

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