By Al Owens
Dr. Wayne Andrews, President of Morehead State University visited Vanceburg Tuesday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Andrews held a meet and greet session at Kenny's Restaurant on Second Street.
John O'Cull, a member of the university's Board of Regents, and Eugenia O'Cull hosted the event and introduced Dr. Andrews to the crowd.
Dr. Andrews said that the visit was a part of his plan to visit each of the 22 Eastern Kentucky counties served by the university. The goal is to let the people of the area simply know that the institution cares about them.
The educator assumed office as MSU President in January of this year. He came to the university after 17 years at East Tennessee State. Prior to that he served at Illinois State University.
The visit to Kenny's was preceded by a stop at the Lewis County High School where Dr. Andrews set the young people to singing
I'll Fly Away.
He told the crowd at Kenny's that MSU started as a Christian Mission but became a state supported school in 1922.
Dr. Andrews said that the school has about 53,000 alumni, and probably about 40,000 of those are schoolteachers.
He said, "We’re in the education business together, and we’re partners."
The university president sprinkled his speech with Christian references.
Referring to being in the area he said he felt like the words of an old Tom T. Hall song,
Me and Jesus Got a Good Thing Goin'.
He said he was well impressed with the quality of faculty at MSU as well as the beautiful country.
President Andrews stated, "The folk here want a quality education."
Al Owens/Lewis County
MSU President Dr. Wayne Andrews, Dr. John
O'Cull, a member of the MSU Board of Regents, and Central Elementary
Principal Richard Anderson posed for the camera during a meet and greet
session April 26 in Vanceburg.
He added, "We’ll do our dead level best to give you that quality education."
Andrews asked the community to do three things. First, to brag about Morehead State University. Second, to send your kids to
MSU. And third, to support the institution financially.
He told the attendees that the school would do every thing possible to keep tuition costs down.
Andrews said that keeping an inmate in prison in Kentucky costs about $35,000 per year but education at MSU only costs about $8,000. With that he encouraged parents to insure that their children attend college. He said that a college graduate would earn about three times the income of a high school graduate.
Dr. Andrew and his wife Sue have two children, Jill and Josh. Jill is a professional bluegrass musician.
His investiture into office as the 13th President of MSU is scheduled for Friday, May 13.