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MSU Milestones

Morehead State was founded in 1887 and granted public status in 1922. These are some of the significant moments in MSU history.


  • MSU celebrates 100 years as a public institution.
  • MSU CubeSat Lunar IceCube to launch aboard NASA's Artemis I.


  • The Adron Doran University Center reopened after a major expansion and renovation. 


  • The Golding-Yang Art Gallery was named and dedicated in the Claypool-Young Art Building.


  • Dr. Jay Morgan became MSU's 14th president.
  • The Rocky Adkins Dining Commons was dedicated on June 20, named for notable Morehead State alumnus and former State Representative, Rocky Adkins. The official ribbon cutting occurred on November 9.


  • Wayne D. and Susan H. Andrews Hall opened. Named for MSU President Wayne Andrews and First Lady Sue Andrews, the hall houses 550 residents and features suite-style rooms, student and study meeting areas and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout. The hall was built on the site of the former Regents and Wilson Halls.
  • New residence halls, Lundergan and Padula Halls, are opened at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.
  • President Bill Clinton visits MSU Space Science Center, becoming the first sitting or former U.S. President to come to campus.
  • Upward Bound celebrates 50 years at Morehead State.


The first class of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science & Mathematics at Morehead State University is accepted and enrolled. 


MSU welcomes the largest freshmen class in history - more than 1,650.
MSU alumnus Steve Kazee wins the Tony Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical” for his role in “Once.”  
Space science faculty, staff and students delivered a Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite for launch with NASA.
MSU opens the Veterans Resource Center in Breckinridge Hall.
MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in MSU Cares – disaster relief in Eastern Kentucky counties damaged by tornadoes and strong storms.
The MSU Board of Regents named the Space Science Center building Smith-Booth Hall in honor of alumni Jim Booth and Elmer Smith.


MSU kicks off a yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary as a public institution: Celebrating hope, promise and opportunity. 
MSU reports highest fall enrollment in its history: 10,971. 
Recreation & Wellness Center opened; the project was conceived, planned and financed by students. 
MSU students have an experiment launched on the space shuttle.
Kenneth Faried was the 17th Eagle to be drafted into the NBA. He plays for the Denver Nuggets.
Chynna Bozeman set the all-time leading scorer record with a career 2,170 points.
MSU adds the Browning Orchard as an education and field station for the agricultural sciences program.
Rowan County Senior High School student Hannah Mabry became the first student in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be credited with discovering a pulsar, through an astronomy program at MSU’s Space Science Center.


The Center for Health, Education and Research (CHER) opened as a result of a partnership between Morehead State University, the University of Kentucky and St. Claire Regional Medical Center. 

The state-of-the-art Space Science Center opened, giving MSU the distinction of being one of a handful of institutions in the nation to offer a degree in space science. 

MSU developed and brought online a full motion 21-meter space tracking antenna.

Dr. Wayne D. Andrews named 13th president.

 MSU reports highest fall enrollment in its history: 9,509.

First faculty chair endowed, honoring Dr. C. Louise Caudill.​

Morehead State was the first institution in Kentucky to offer a complete degree program online, the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
“A Light to the Mountains” was published as a history of MSU.

MSU celebrated its 75th anniversary as public institution.

The original campus was designated as National Historic District.

Dr. Ronald G. Eaglin became MSU's 12th president.

MSU at Prestonsburg was established.

Dr. C. Nelson Grote became MSU's 11th president. 
MSU at Ashland was established.

Dr. A.D. Albright became MSU's 10th president.

Dr. Herb. F. Reinhard became MSU's ninth president.

The MSU Foundation was incorporated.

MSU at Mt. Sterling was established.

Dr. Morris L. Norfleet became MSU's eighth president.


MSU celebrated its 50th anniversary as a public institution.

1966The school's name was changed to Morehead State University.

WMKY became the first public radio station in Eastern Kentucky.

MSU’s Marshall Banks became the first African-American student-athlete in the OVC.

Dr. Adron Doran was named MSU's seventh president.

MSU became a member of the NCAA.

Dr. Charles Spain was appointed MSU's sixth president.

The school's name was changed to Morehead State College.
MSU helped organize the Ohio Valley Conference.

Dr. William J. Baird became MSU's fifth president.

The U.S. Naval Electrical School based on campus through 1944.

Dr. William H. Vaughan was named MSU's fourth president.

Dr. Harvey Babb became MSU's third president.

The school's name was changed to Morehead State Teachers College.

Dr. John Howard Payne was named MSU's second president.

The Alumni Association was founded.

The school's first class graduated (four persons).

The school's name was changed to Morehead State Normal School and Teachers College.

Morehead State Normal School began classes with Dr. Frank C. Button as president.

Morehead Normal School closed. 
Gov. Edwin Morrow signed a legislative act creating state normal schools in Eastern and Western Kentucky; Morehead was selected as the eastern site.

Morehead Normal School opened as a private, church-supported institution.​

Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, 2017-
Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, 2005-2017Dr. Ronald G. Eaglin, 1992-2004
Dr. C. Nelson Grote, 1987-92
Dr. A.D. Albright, 1986-87
Dr. Herb. F. Reinhard Jr., 1984-86
Dr. Morris L. Norfleet, 1977-84
Dr. Adron Doran, 1954-77
Dr. Charles R. Spain, 1951-54
Dr. William J. Baird, 1946-51
Dr. William H. Vaughan, 1940-46
Dr. Harvey A. Babb, 1935-40
Dr. John Howard Payne, 1929-35
Dr. Frank C. Button, 1923-29