MURRAY -- Murray State University will welcome three prominent alumni for the 2017 Presidential Lecture, to take place March 9 at 8 p.m. at the CFSB Center. Supported by the Murray State University Office of the President, Murray State Student Government Association and the MSU Foundation, the event is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at murraystate.edu/streaming.
The event "We have a dream. Are we living it?" will focus on diversity efforts within higher education and include Dr. MarTeze Hammonds, Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton and Dr. Walter Bumphus. Each guest will address the audience, and a question-and-answer session will follow.
A Murray native, Hammonds is the inaugural associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Arkansas Tech University. On May 25, 2012, the city of Murray proclaimed that May 25 of every year will be forever known as Dr. MarTeze D. Hammonds Day in recognition of young role models.
Thornton is CEO of DreamCatcher Educational Consulting Service where she coaches and provides professional development for new college and university presidents. She most recently completed her five-year term as a Murray State University Regent and received the Murray State University Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Bumphus is president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges and currently serves on Murray State University's Board of Regents. Murray State University presented Bumphus an honorary doctorate in education in May 2016 to recognize his lifelong commitment, leadership and support of higher education throughout the world.