Office of Development


Private gifts support every aspect of Murray State University and its mission as a nationally recognized comprehensive university, offering high-quality baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. The Office of Development is responsible for coordination of philanthropic activities for Murray State University.

Private Gifts Help Support:

Our Greatest Needs
Providing crucial, flexible support to meet our strategic priorities.

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Helping deserving students to continue their studies and give them educational opportunities that they might not have had.
Learn More: MSU Scholarships

Faculty Development
Maintaining our legacy of academic quality, helping to attract the brightest students.

Facilities Construction and Improvement
Funding other special projects each year that ensure that MSU students and faculty have the resources they need for scholarly growth.


Development Officers


Tina  Bernot

Interim Executive Director of Development 

Director of Development
-College of Humanities & Fine Arts

(270) 809-3250

 College of Humanities and Fine Arts

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts is the largest on campus and our development projects range from purchasing and repurposing musical instruments or theatre sets, to conference travel for faculty and students, to sponsoring our annual Shakespeare Festival or our Mock Trial Team -- or simply meeting the need for scholarships, speaker series, or funding advanced classroom equipment and updating gallery space.  Each of the eight departments function like their own college – independent yet interdependent, diverse needs, and incredible opportunities for your involvement.  Contact me today to learn more about how you can support our students in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Jennie Rottinghaus

Director of Development
-Jesse D. Jones College of Science, 
Engineering & Technology

-School of Nursing & Health Professions

(270) 809-3406

 Jesse D. Jones College of Science Engineering & Technology

The Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology continues to build upon its success of the past, while looking toward an exciting future. Recent highlights include welcoming the Department of Occupational Safety & Health back into our college; the formation of the new Institute of Engineering; the creation of two new Master’s programs; and the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the new state-of-the art Engineering & Physics building, which will finally complete Phase III of the Gene Wells Ray Science Campus.

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to learn more about student support and special sponsorship opportunities in the Jones College of SET.


Melanie Brooks

Director of Development
- College of Education & Human Services
- University Libraries

(270) 809-3026

College of Education and Human Services

Established in 1922 as a normal school for the preparation of teachers, Murray State is and has always been rooted in training exceptional educators and leaders.  While preparing and training tomorrow’s teachers is still one of our most important works, the College of Education and Human Services has extended its scope to training leaders in other service professions, such as social work, criminal justice, nonprofit management, recreation and speech pathology.   

With the rising cost of education, providing an authentic and engaging student-centered, academic experience for our students can be challenging. To learn more about making a difference by financially supporting our students scholarships, faculty’s professional development and/or academic program and technology needs, contact me to talk about your interest.  

University Libraries

With more than 600,000 visitors to the University Libraries last year, we know that Murray State Libraries is offering resources integral to the academic success of our students and faculty. In addition, University Libraries works diligently to balance the preservation of our regional history in Wrather Museum and Pogue Library with implementing the latest in technology, collections and databases for those we serve through Waterfield Library.  In order to pursue emerging technologies and provide hand-on services to our students, your support is vital.  To learn more about the exciting plans for University Libraries and how you can be a part of our growth and success, contact me to today. 


Stephen Crouch

Director of Development
-Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

(270) 809-3123

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

In the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, we take seriously the critical process of what education is all about – that is, the teaching/learning transaction. It is in this transaction where minds are molded, futures are prepared, and lives are changed. Thank you for “coming alongside” as we endeavor to successfully complete this process. On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, thank you!


Abby Hensley

Director of Development
-Hutson School of Agriculture 
-Special Projects

(270) 809-3131

Hutson School of Agriculture

The Hutson School of Agriculture continues to grow and expand with each new year.  With over 900 students, the importance of scholarships, funded research, and outside the classroom learning opportunities are even more important.  Having the opportunity to work with alumni, students, and corporate organizations I would be happy to speak with you about how you can help keep the momentum going strong.  

Special University Projects

Murray State University assists our students in having a great educational experience, even outside the classroom.  Many of our graduates had the opportunity to be involved in student organizations, Residential College life, or take advantage of the countless available resources to help them visualize a big idea.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to supporting or creating a special project.  If you have a thought or want to support an existing project for MSU students, I would be happy to contribute any help you may need in achieving your dream.


Asia Burnett

Director of Development

(270) 809-4743

817 Fine Arts


WKMS – Murray State’s NPR member Station, is an oasis for life-long learning with two 24-hour broadcast streams informing and enriching listeners in over 30 counties in Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois. With an award-winning news staff and statewide news network, National Public Radio news that roams the nation and the world, and global reports from the BBC, the main channel is an eclectic mix of news, music, and community. The second channel offers all classical music all day. Individual contributions make it all possible. Please contact me today to make a difference for public radio in your region!


Steve Harrell

Associate Athletics Director
-External Affairs

(270) 809-3430

217 Stewart Stadium


Racer Athletics expects championships.  With over 300 student athletes competing in 16 Division I sports, athletics plays an important role in promoting the mission of and recruiting students to Murray State University.  Competitive athletics allow students to grow, develop leadership skills, and contribute to the community and campus life.  We need your help in order to recruit the best students, retain quality coaches and compete at the highest level.



We are located on the corner of North 16th Street and HWY 121. Office of Development is housed on the second floor of Heritage Hall.

Office of Development
200 Heritage Hall
Murray, KY 42071

1(877)282-0033 (toll free)