The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s August 4 Power in Partnership Breakfast will feature an update from Murray State University. The program will be moderated by President Dr. Robert L. Jackson and will include Murray State faculty and students on how the university continues to grow and enhance areas which are vitally important to our region and state.
The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Pre-registration is required by Monday, August 1 by 2 p.m. at paducahchamber.org or call 270-443-1746. Power Card holders do not have to pre-register. The cost is $20.
A Murray State alumnus, Dr. Jackson was named as the 14th President of Murray State University in March 2019 after serving as Interim President since August 2018. Jackson has served Murray State University in several capacities over the last decade including most recently as the president and chief executive officer of the Murray State University Foundation, Inc. where he managed the $180 million foundation. He was also the senior advisor to the University for state and federal governmental relations.
In 2019, Jackson was elected by his peers to serve as the Chair of the Council of University Presidents (convenor) for the Council on Postsecondary Education. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the director of a major fundraising campaign at Murray State University, which raised more than $71.7 million from over 23,000 distinct donors, exceeding the original goal of $60 million. From 1997 to 2004, Jackson served the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a State Senator and served in Senate Leadership. He has worked successfully on many state and federal governmental projects and has been recognized for his public service. In addition, he has worked in corporate finance and as a senior executive in investment banking.
Jackson has a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Murray State University. He has completed graduate courses in finance at Murray State University and doctoral courses at the University of Leicester (UK). He holds a Master of Arts degree in higher education administration from Antioch University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Kentucky University.