- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - The president of Eastern Oregon University has been chosen to lead Murray State University.

Murray State’s board of regents voted unanimously Wednesday to hire Robert Davies as the university’s president. Davies interviewed with university officials and campus groups this week.

Murray State said Davies‘ contract hasn’t been finalized but is expected to officially begin July 14.

Tim Miller has been interim president since mid-2013 following the departure of Randy Dunn.

James Smith, president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., was the other finalist.

Davies has been president at Eastern Oregon since 2009. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada at Reno, an MBA from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in higher education administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.