“This is a major step forward, not for the university and for the coming generation of students, but for the economic competitiveness of this Purchase Area as a whole.” — Governor Steve Beshear
MSU will add a New Dimension to Paducah’s Education Corridor along I-24
The new MSU Paducah campus was christened in a most appropriate way this past May. As local representatives of both Murray State University and Paducah/McCracken County performed their symbolic shoveling of the dry soil at the site, they were “blessed” with a much-needed fall of rain. But nothing could dampen the spirits of the many who gathered to witness the ceremonial beginning of what will eventually become an MSU Paducah campus along I-24.
In his remarks at the event, Chad Chancellor, Paducah Economic Development president, called the addition of MSU the strengthening of a “higher education corridor” already existing with the presence of one of the nation’s Top Five Community Colleges (WKCTC) and the availability of the UK Engineering School. “One of the first things companies want to know about a prospective site is the availability of a strong, educated workforce. We can certainly answer that question in the affirmative as we add this new institution to our community’s educational environment.”
Susan Guess, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Paducah Bank and a member of the MSU Board of Regents, added, “This project has been a long range vision of many people among our community’s leadership. It has been very gratifying for me to be able to witness the culmination of this dream as it becomes a reality.”
The MSU Paducah Campus is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.