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'Dr. Earl J. Bentley Student-Athlete Learning Lab' named

4/15/2013
  • Earl Bentley

     After 30 years of service to MSU, Dr. Earl J. Bentley passed away on Feb. 14, 2013. Dr. Bentley and his dedicated support will be missed but not forgotten.

He served Morehead State University for three decades. Now, thanks to the efforts of a former student and Eagle football player, Dr. Earl J. Bentley, retired chair of MSU’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, received a distinct honor for his contributions.

At a dedication ceremony held in October 2012, Dr. Andrews announced the Board of Regents approval for naming of the Student-Athlete Learning Lab in the EAGLE Center as “Dr. Earl J. Bentley Student-Athlete Learning Lab.”

Dr. Bentley, an Alabama native, earned a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University, a master’s degree from University of Tennessee and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. During his 30-year career at the University, Dr. Bentley coached football, track and women’s soccer and started a master’s degree program in HPER and the Emergency Medical Technician program before retiring in 1989. Dr. Bentley passed away on Feb. 14, 2013, at the age of 84.

The campaign to raise money in Dr. Bentley’s honor was started by one of his former players, Dr. Jim Osborne (66).

Osborne, a native of Hindman, Ky., attended MSU on an athletic scholarship and was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference football lineman. He returned to MSU to earn a master’s degree in 1969 and completed his doctorate from East Tennessee State University in Educational Administration in 1978.

Osborne has spent most of his career in higher education, serving in teaching, coaching and administrative positions at institutions like Lees-McRae College (N.C.), East Tennessee State University, the University of Alabama, Georgia Tech and the Medical College of Georgia.

Osborne started a campaign to have a room in the newly renovated EAGLE Center named in honor of Bentley’s dedication and devotion to MSU. The establishment of this endowment was announced in conjunction with the reunion of the 1962 MSU Eagle football team, a team that Bentley coached. The surprise fundraising campaign raised $25,000 for the cause. Since the dedication ceremony, another $25,000 gift was received from an anonymous donor and facilitated by Dr. Osborne.

Proceeds from the naming project will be used to provide scholarships to a full-time graduate or fifth-year student who participated in an intercollegiate sport as an undergraduate enrolled at MSU.

To learn about Much More Opportunity: The Campaign for Morehead State University, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/muchmoreopportunity or call the Office of Development at 606-783-2033.

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