Politics
3:11 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear Not Pursuing Murray State Presidency

Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Communications Director says the Governor won’t pursue the Presidency at Murray State University.

Beshear has been rumored as a potential candidate during the past few months.

MSU is in the process of hiring a search firm to compile and filter candidates for the job. MSU hopes to hire a new president in spring 2014.

Governor Beshear is in his second term which ends in 2015. The job would’ve offered Beshear a chance to boost his state retirement benefits. The presidential job pays nearly double the Governor’s salary.

There is a precedent for a Governor to assume a university presidential role in the Commonwealth. Former Governor Paul Patton serves as the president of the University of Pikeville. But, U-Pike is not a state supported institution.

Politically,  the move could have allowed for Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson to assume Beshear's post and potentially begin a campaign as a sitting Governor in 2015.