MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Alumni Association’s Annual Golden Anniversary Dinner and Banquet is always a highlight of homecoming weekend, full of memories and reunions. This year, the MSUAA Class of 1967 is welcoming home classmate Mac Anderson to provide remarks during the event.
Many are familiar with the name Mac Anderson thanks to Successories, the unique line of inspirational accessories he created often seen lining the halls of businesses everywhere beginning in 1988. The launch of Anderson’s company began with the simple idea of strengthening positivity in the workplace and in life.
“It was a simple idea,” Anderson said, “but no one had ever done it.”
Anderson combined his love for quotations, and the meaning they held, with beautiful pictures to reinforce business and personal goals with the motivation to achieve them. His first sale landed Successories in an airplane magazine, and from there business took off. Anderson’s company grew rapidly in worth from $5 million to $50 million in just three years. His success continued from there after authoring “Simple Truths,” a series of more than 150 inspirational books, of which more than four million copies have sold around the world.
Anderson has since sold his companies and now shares his inspirational message with corporate and leadership groups throughout the country, offering more than 200 motivational speeches and seminars in the last two years alone.
Anderson’s successes can be traced back to his beginnings at Murray State University. He was a well-rounded student with a double major in psychology and speech. He was president of his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, involved in campus politics and student council, serving as president of both his junior and senior class.
Anderson said getting to address his classmates during Commencement was one of his favorite Murray State experiences, and his fondest memories include the friendships he made within and outside Greek life.
Anderson was honored by the Murray State University Alumni Association as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1996. According to Murray State University Alumni Director Carrie McGinnis, this is one of the highest honors an alumnus or alumna of Murray State can receive on behalf of the University.
“The Distinguished Alumni Award is reserved each year for those alumni who have made most meaningful contributions to their profession,” McGinnis said.
As Anderson recalls, it was quite a surprise to receive the phone call that he had been awarded with this achievement.
“It was nice to know I was thought about and that what I’ve done was considered a contribution to mankind,” Anderson said.
It’s been over a decade since Anderson last visited Murray State, and he is excited to return for Homecoming 2017 to rekindle old friendships.
Anderson said his remarks during the Golden Anniversary Reunion will focus on the power of kindness. According to McGinnis, it is a message she knows his classmates are looking forward to hearing.
“Mr. Anderson’s successful career and passion for positivity embody the Racer spirit. We can’t wait to be inspired by what he has to share,” McGinnis said.
The Golden Reunion for the Class of 1967 is Friday, October 27, at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 270-809-3437 or visit murraystate.edu/homecoming.