Murray State University began the journey to a new Paducah Regional Campus with a visit from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at a groundbreaking ceremony in June 2012 to mark the beginning of a second
satellite campus that Murray State would build from the ground up. Like the university’s regional campus in Hopkinsville, Paducah is now home to a new facility that will officially open on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. A Grand Opening for the all-new Crisp Center, located in the Barkley Woods area, will be held that day at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend, tour the new building and check out programs of study that continue to be available to both first-time students and those who may be looking at returning to college.
A special task force was created by the MSU board of regents in 2007 to study options for the expansion of programs, services and facilities to better meet undergraduate completion and graduate education needs in the Paducah and McCracken County area. In 2008, the task force reported back to the board recommending the purchase of the land.
Murray State finalized the purchase of the tract the new campus is situated on in 2009, and partnered with McCracken County, the City of Paducah and the Paducah Economic Development Council in bringing the facility to life.
Beshear’s pleasure in the bold step Murray was taking with its Paducah partners was obvious during the groundbreaking event 18 months ago. “You know, today has been a long time coming … and it has taken a lot of people to get us to this point. This is a major step forward, not just for the university and for the coming generations of students, but also for the economic competitiveness of this Purchase area as a whole,” Beshear said.
Murray State University Interim President Dr. Tim Miller cordially invites everyone to attend the grand opening of the Crisp Center Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. The campus is located at 4430 Sunset Avenue, Paducah, Ky.