Alumni Membership

We are Racers. This is our legacy.

Like the Thoroughbreds we are named for, Racers are spirited and proud. We have the heart and will to succeed, to go farther, learn more and embrace wisdom. You can help us carry on this tradition by joining the Alumni Association today.

Your membership donation supports a wide range of activities that advance the mission of Murray State University, including funding the Century Club Alumni Legacy Scholarship and Distinguished Faculty Awards, providing support for Homecoming and other alumni reunions, and providing recognition for our Distinguished Alumni. 

Our history

The Murray State Normal and Teachers College Alumni Association was organized June 1, 1926 during a meeting in Wells Hall immediately following the commencement of the first graduating class of 16 in the Little Chapel. Since that first graduation ceremony well over 75,000 students have earned degrees from this institution.

The Association was established to provide an opportunity for graduates, former students, faculty, staff, and members of the governing board of the institution to coordinate their efforts on behalf of Murray State. To that end, scholarships have been awarded by the Alumni Association since 1941.

The Murray State University Alumni Association is a dues-based membership organization that supports integral programming designed to advance the mission of the University and creating meaningful connections among alumni.

Our mission

Our Mission: The Murray State University Alumni Association connects, celebrates, and engages alumni and friends of Murray State through communication, activities and events to foster lifelong relationships that support the mission and strategic plan of the university.

Our Vision: The Murray State University Alumni Association will be recognized internationally for excellence in alumni engagement through communication, activities and events and for collaborating with other university units to produce more effective student recruitment, donor solicitation and stewardship, and legislative advocacy.

Adopted by the MSUAA Board of Governors, April 2015

Board of Governors

Organized to coordinate the efforts of alumni on behalf of Murray State University, the Alumni Association serves as a liaison between the University and its alumni constituency and enables graduates to maintain a close bond with their alma mater. The Association promotes the general interests of Murray State by affording alumni opportunities to work together to engage fellow alumni and advance the mission of their alma mater.

MSUAA Leadership and nominations
Murray State Board of Governors in front of Alumni Center

Past Murray State Alumni Association Presidents

Members of the first graduating class of Murray State Normal School and Teachers College in June 1926 gathered after commencement to form the Alumni Association. Since then the Alumni Association's growth has been guided by the appointed Executive Board President.

  • 2018-2019
    Iain Howard '06, Owensboro, KY
  • 2017-2018
    Jerry Penner III '83, Murray, KY
  • 2016 – 2017
    Elizabeth Bailey-Smith  `90  `92, Marion, IL
  • 2015 – 2016
    Shawn Reynolds ’97, Almo, KY
  • 2014 – 2015
    David Moss ’01 ’10, Madisonville, KY
  • 2013 – 2014
    Jason Pittman ’03, Murray, KY
  • 2012 – 2013
    Dave Washburn ’95 ’96, Benton, KY
  • 2011 – 2012
    Karen Cocke Owen ’83, Calvert City, KY
  • 2010-2011
    Sonny Smith '78, Paducah, KY
  • 2009 – 2010 
    Bob Upton ’77, Franklin, TN
  • 2008 – 2009
    Jane Freeman Wells ’60, Eddyville, KY
  • 2007 – 2008
    Phillip Van Hooser ’79, Princeton, KY
  • 2006 – 2007
    Sharon McDonald Green ’80, Mayfield, KY
  • 2005 – 2006 
      Alan Stout ’78, Prospect, KY
  • 2004 – 2005
    Darvin Towery ’82 ’91, Mayfield, KY
  • 2003 – 2004
    Christopher McNeill ’88 ’89, Paducah, KY  
  • 2002 – 2003
    Martha Cunningham Lewis ’60 ’69,  Benton, KY
  •  2001 – 2002
     Percy Belt ’73, Hopkinsville, KY
  •  2000 – 2001
     Tom Maddox Jr. ’65, Owensboro, KY
  •  1999 – 2000
     Brian Roy ’95, Benton. KY  
  •  1998 – 1999
  • Bob Freeman ’58, Hopkinsville, KY   
  •  1997 – 1998
    Ann J. Smith ’59 ’62, Mayfield, KY 
  •  1996 – 1997
     Bob Jackson ’85, Murray, KY
  •  1995 – 1996
    Roger Perry ’71, Benton. KY
  •  1994 – 1995
    Harold Doran Jr. ’75, Murray, KY
  •  1993 – 1994
    Dennis Jackson ’66, Paducah, KY 
  •  1992 – 1993
    William "Mack" Bushart '80, Winchester, KY
  • 1991 – 1992
    Steve Story ’69, Murray, KY
  • 1990 – 1991
    Jeff Green ’76, Mayfield, KY   
  • 1989 – 1990
    Bill O’Brien ’62, Paducah, KY   
  •  1988 – 1989
     Ben Hogancamp ’68, Paducah, KY
  •  1987 – 1988
     Fred Schultz Jr. ’46, Louisville, KY
  •  1986 – 1987
     Bill Kopperud ’64, Murray, KY
  • 1985 – 1986
    George E. Long II ’68, Benton, KY
  • 1984 – 1985
    Rex A. Thompson ’58, Lexington, KY    
  • 1983 – 1984
     Dan Shipley ’54, Murray, KY
  • 1982 – 1983
    James E. “Buck” Hurley ’39, Benton, KY   
  • 1981 – 1982
    William Ben Humphreys ’50, Murray, KY   
  • 1980 – 1981
    Bill Morgan ’50, Benton, KY
  • 1979 – 1980
    Michael S. Peek ’70, Nashville, TN   
  • 1978 – 1979
    Sid Easley ’62, Murray, KY
  • 1977 – 1978
    Pat M. McCuiston `39, Kirksey, KY  
  • 1976 – 1977
    Richard H. Lewis ’60,  Benton, KY
  • 1975 – 1976
    James H. Johnson ’41, Owensboro, KY   
  • 1974 – 1975
    Edwin O. Norris ’50, Kingsport, TN
  • 1973 – 1974
    William A. Logan ’56, Madisonville, KY  
  • 1972 – 1973
    Martha Robertson Ellison ’45, Louisville, KY
  •  1971 –1972
    Forrest C. Pogue ’31, Murray, KY
  •  1970 – 1971
     Richard L. Petty ’60, Gainesville, GA
  •  1969 – 1970
    Barkley Jones ’49, Parkville, MD
  • 1967 – 1968
    J. William Carneal ’40, Owensboro, KY
  • 1966 – 1967
    Angie Basenback Chambers ’59, Charlotte, NC
  • 1965 – 1966
    J. C. Maddox ’30, Jackson, TN
  • 1964 – 1965
    Joe O. Brown ’41, Bardstown, KY  
  • 1963 – 1964
    Wilson Gantt ’41, Murray, KY
  • 1962 – 1963
    Howard V. Reid ’35, Symsonia, KY
  • 1961 – 1962
     J. D. Rayburn ’35, Murray, KY
  • 1960 – 1961
    Charles J. Baugh ’38, Hickory, KY
  • 1959 – 1960
    Pat Gingles ’42, Nashville, TN
  •  1958 – 1959
    W. Roy McDonald ’34, Cadiz, KY
  •  1957 – 1958
     J. Clifton Thurman ’29, Nashville, TN
  •  1956 – 1957
     Eltis Henson ’33, Galesburg, IL
  •  1955 – 1956
    James Phillips ’36, Clinton, KY
  • 1954 – 1955
    Dalton Woodall ’37, Paducah, KY
  • 1952 – 1954
    Rayburn Watkins ’43 Delray Beach. FL
  • 1950 – 1952
    William Ray Mofield ’43,  Benton, KY
  • 1949 – 1950
    Guy Billington ’33, Murray, KY
  • 1947 – 1949
    Hal Houston ’30 
  • 1946 – 1947
    W. Z. Carter ’29 
  • 1945 – 1946
    Holland Rose ’32, Benton, KY
  •  1944 – 1945
    Evelyn Linn Allbritten ’26, Murray, KY 
  • 1942 – 1944
    Dentis McDaniel ’31, Clinton, KY
  • 1939 – 1942
    Adron Doran ’32, Lexington, KY
  • 1938 – 1939
    Robert Everett ’36
  • 1937 – 1938
    Preston Holland ’28, Murray, KY
  • 1936 – 1937
    Matt Sparkman ’28, Murray, KY
  • 1935 – 1936
    Waylon Rayburn ’30, Murray, KY
  • 1933 – 1935
    Carmon Graham ’27
  • 1932 – 1933
    Waylon Rayburn ’30, Murray, KY
  • 1931 – 1932
    Max B. Hurt ’27, Kirksey, KY
  • 1930 – 1931
    S. Jack Gardner ’27, Clarksville, IN
  • 1929 – 1930
    W. B. Moser ’26,  Murray, KY
  • 1928 – 1929
    W.  J. Gibson ’27
  • 1927 – 1928  
    Carmon Graham ’27
  • 1926 – 1927
    Emma J. Helm '26, Mayfield, KY

Top 10 Reasons to Join

10 – Continue the Tradition
Membership supports Homecoming, reunion activities on campus and around the world, athletic watch parties and other traditions that make Murray State University unique.  

9 – Racer Recruitment
Want to help support the next generation of Racers? The MSUAA assists the Office of Recruitment with recruiting events and senior send-offs around the country.

Chris Thile speaks to students in lecture hall

Murray State University Alumnus Chris Thile returned to campus in the fall of 2016 to perform a benefit concert to fund music scholarships and meet with students in the Music department.

Your Alumni Association provides opportunities to support student scholarships and mentor young alumni.

Murray State University Alumnus Chris Thile returned to campus in the fall of 2016 to perform a benefit concert to fund music scholarships and meet with students in the Music department.

7 – Exclusive Access and Benefits
Your membership entitles you to early registration for alumni trips, pre-sale access to concerts and special events, as well as discounts on athletic tickets and Murray State gear. Check out a complete list of benefits here.

6 – Alumni Awards
Each year, the Alumni Association honors select alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their alma mater with Distinguished Alumni and Golden Horseshoe awards.

professor holds golden apple

The Alumni Association recognizes outstanding faculty with the Golden Apple award

Each year the Alumni Association recognizes distinguished faculty members. The Distinguished Professor serves as the mace bearer for Commencement.

4 – Discounts and Rewards
As an extra perk of membership, you’ll save at local and national retailers, in addition to receiving discounts, you'll receive exclusive alumni access to insurance benefits through association partnerships with Dell and USI Affinity.

3 – Stay Informed
Whether you live in Murray, across the country, or around the globe, your Alumni Association keeps you informed about outstanding students, alumni and faculty; upcoming events; and campus news through a monthly e-newsletter.

2 – Student Support
The Century Club Alumni Legacy Scholarship, created and supported by the Alumni Association, provides scholarships for the children and grandchildren of alumni.

1 – We are givers. We are supporters. We are Racers.
Membership in the MSUAA is the No. 1 way to show your Racer pride! Once a Racer, always a Racer.

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