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Presidential Lecture Series named for McBrayer

Morehead State University President Jay Morgan has announced the creation of the W. Terry McBrayer Presidential Lecture Series in Government and Leadership. The announcement was made at the March 29 Board of Regents meeting.

“This is a great day in the history of Morehead State University,” said Dr. Morgan. “Terry is a legend in his own right in the Commonwealth. He’s a very proud alumnus and with this scholarship and lecture series will help many students here at MSU.”

McBrayer graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1959.

“I am very proud of the education that Morehead State University provided me,” said McBrayer. “I wanted to pay MSU and the students back. With the lecture series and scholarship, I think we will do just that.”

“We want this series to concentrate on Appalachian and bring in speakers that can address the issues of our region. We want to engage the students the best way we can.”


The Greenup native is the senior partner for the McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland law firm.

McBrayer has held numerous leadership positions in state government. He was an elected as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving in leadership roles as House Speaker Pro Tempore and Majority Floor Leader. He also served as chief executive officer for a former governor. He has served as chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party and is still heavily involved in the party, having been elected to four consecutive four-year terms as the Democratic National Committeeman from Kentucky and as a super delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He is past chair of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group and was named an Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Louisville School of Law.

McBrayer has served in numerous public service roles, including as a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, the Chandler Medical Center Board, eight years on the Kentucky Council on Higher Education, seven years as chairman of Kentucky Educational Television, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Commerce, chairman of the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals and chairman of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce.

In honor of McBrayer's generous gift to the Presidential Scholarship Endowment, the annual lecture series will be created. The fund will be invested with the proceeds used to provide scholarships to MSU students. Each year, the University president, in consultation with the MSU Foundation CEO, will provide direction to the University scholarship committee as to the use of the funds for the priorities of aiding in recruitment, retention and degree completion.

More information about giving opportunities is available by calling the MSU Foundation at 606-783-2033 or visiting