MURRAY, Ky. — Within a student’s undergraduate career, he or she has a finite amount of time to discover one’s passion. For senior Murray State University student, Dean Charles Anthony II, the blue and gold offered endless opportunities and helped the out-of-state student feel at home.
Originally from Lithonia, Georgia, Anthony has a major in political science and a minor in theatre. When searching for the right university during his senior year of high school, he wanted to expand his horizons and explore opportunities outside of his familiar Georgia landscape.
“I knew I wanted to go somewhere unique and out of my comfort zone. So while looking for schools, my little sister was actually the one who found Murray State,” said Anthony. “After checking out the website, I decided to take a rainy day tour on campus and immediately loved it.”
After leaving Georgia and becoming a full-time student at Murray State, it didn’t take very long for Anthony to get involved on campus and actively pursue his passions. While Anthony was learning about political science inside of the classroom, he was experiencing it outside of the classroom by being a member of the residential college council system, the Student Government Association and College Democrats. Later on in his undergraduate journey, Anthony served as president for the Franklin Residential College Council and as president for the Murray State College Democrats.
Beyond Murray State’s campus, Anthony took his political science knowledge to secure high-profile positions throughout his undergraduate career. In 2016, he served as the regional organizing director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, leading his team members in making 25,000 weekly volunteer recruitment calls, registering 2,837 voters and knocking on an average of 9,000 doors weekly. His other experiences include serving as a field director for the Kentucky 8th House District special election in early 2016, a field organizer
for the Virginia Democratic Party 93rd House Delegate in 2015 and a field organizer for the Kentucky Democratic Senate race in 2014.
Although Anthony was heavily involved as a political science student, he found that the skills taught in the theatre department would give him the opportunity to grow in leadership, group management and effective public speaking. He was involved with Sock and Buskin, All Campus Sing and Realities on Campus. He describes being cast in the University’s production of the “Frog Prince” as one of his greatest accomplishments while at Murray State.
After graduation in May, Anthony will move to Virginia, where he has recently accepted a field director position on a state delegate race. Reflecting on his memories of Murray State, Anthony attributes much of his success to his alma mater.
“My time at Murray State has been a true blessing,” said Anthony. “I have to thank the political science department, the theatre department, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Residential College Council system and everyone who has helped me grow during my four years here. Go Racers!”
Complete information on the May 2017 Commencement ceremony, as well as #RacerGraduation stories, can be found at murraystate.edu/commencement.