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Morehead States president gives update on university

ASHLAND, Ky. — Morehead State University is striving to see how it can turn a vision into being by having the safest, most affordable and most personable four-year university in the state, according to the school’s president.

“I think we can do that along with you and our many partners in the region,” MSU President Dr. Joseph “Jay” Morgan told Ashland Rotarians at the club’s meeting on Monday.

Morgan, who has headed MSU since July, said the school’s enrollment is “fairly stable” with around 10,394 enrolled for the fall semester.

He said the school’s most popular programs revolve around the health-care field, with nursing at the top.

“We’re turning young men and women away from the nursing program because we can’t handle the volume,” Morgan said.

He explained this is not because of instructor capacity, but because there is a limited number of training beds and mannequins in facilities used for student clinicals. According to Morgan, there are around 400 students in the nursing program.

“We’re putting nurses back to work in eastern Kentucky and we want to extend that program,” he said.


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