MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson and Director of Athletics Kevin Saal were featured speakers at a luncheon May 15 at Madisonville Community College’s Steve Beshear Postsecondary Education Building in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Saal, who took the reins as AD March 1, offered his vision for the future of Racer Athletics following opening remarks from Jackson, Madisonville Community College President Dr. Cynthia Kelley and representatives from Madisonville-area Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Club members.

Racer teams across the sports spectrum had a banner year during the 2018-19 season, from basketball and soccer to volleyball, rifle and much more.

“I’m incredibly proud of the effort our student athletes pour into their work, whether it’s on the court, in the field, out in the community or in the classroom,” Saal said. “It’s not easy to juggle academics with athletics, and we appreciate everything they do. That said, we aren’t done yet. There are a lot more Ohio Valley Championship titles and NCAA Tournament runs to come.”

Guests at Tuesday’s lunch included Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Club members along with University officials from the Murray State Alumni Association, Murray State University Foundation, Office of Recruitment and more.

Murray State men’s basketball star Jaiveon Eaves, a Madisonville native and Madisonville North Hopkins High School alum, also stopped by to meet with guests.


Pictured are Murray State University Regent and Madisonville native Jerry Rhoads, left, with Murray State basketball player Jaiveon Eaves, also of Madisonville.

Murray State Regent Jerry Rhoads, a fellow Madisonville native, spearheaded organizing the event. He thanked those in attendance while praising the University’s partnership with Madisonville Community College.

“This luncheon was a great opportunity to showcase Murray State University and the Steve Beshear Center, our new off-campus site at Madisonville Community College,” Rhoads said. “We want communities in our service area and beyond to know more about Murray State University and the excellent opportunities we have to offer.”

For more information on Murray State’s Madisonville Regional Campus, please visit murraystate.edu/madisonville.

Top photo: Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson and Director of Athletics Kevin Saal were featured speakers at a luncheon May 15 at Madisonville Community College’s Steve Beshear Postsecondary Education Building in Madisonville, Kentucky. Pictured from left are Saal, men’s basketball player and Madisonville native Jaiveon Eaves and Jackson.

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