Dr. Jay Morgan
Dr. Jay Morgan

This past Spring semester 2020 was an unprecedented time in the history of Morehead State University and our nation. As you are aware, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the world as we know it. However, while it may have changed the way we delivered instruction or did our work for the interim, it has not changed the mission of MSU – that is serving the students in our region and our Commonwealth. Going forward, we will remain steadfastly committed to serving our students. 

In our 130+ year history, MSU has overcome challenges and obstacles of great magnitude. We were born from adversity as Dr. Frank and Phebe Button founded the Morehead Normal School amid the Rowan County War, the bloodiest feud in the nation’s history. During World War II, the college rose to the occasion again to train 3,000 Blue Jackets within the Navy Training Program for electricians. There is no doubt we will continue to rise to the occasion of serving students during this time as well! 

Our students have shown great resilience, persistence, and strength throughout the spring and the disruptions. I extend congratulations to our most recent graduates, welcome them to the ranks of our alumni, and invite them to join us back on campus in the fall for a formal Commencement ceremony. 

Likewise, I want to thank our faculty and staff who have shown great commitment, flexibility, and cooperation. Our campus has come together to continue to make the MSU experience – whether on campus or online – an exceptional one. There is one thing we can say for sure, we have continued to put students first through all of this. 

It is perhaps more important now than ever that our alumni and friends show their continued support of Morehead State University. Whether that be through sharing your personal MSU stories on social media, recommending students for enrollment, or through making a gift to the MSU Foundation to support our strong and dedicated push for student scholarships. Our students are among some of those with the greatest need in the state and nation. The recent health crisis has only amplified these needs. Your help with scholarship or other student support funds will help ensure they are able to be successful. 

Please continue to be healthy and safe, wherever you are. Remember, we are Eagles strong! 

Dr. Jay Morgan,