The announcement that Harry Lee Waterfield Jr. had been appointed to the Murray State Board of Regents came as welcomed news for folks all across Western Kentucky. Decisions made by Randy Dunn the President of MSU have left many people across the region shaking their heads in recent years.
Many have felt locked out the room while certain areas of the region remain without a voice on the board. The appointment of Harry Lee Waterfield Jr. will no doubt go a long way in restoring confidence and bringing equity to those whose voices have been silenced.
Harry Lee Waterfield Jr. told me yesterday that he was excited about the appointment and the opportunity to come home to his native Western Kentucky to serve the University his father helped build. Harry Lee Waterfield Jr. is the son of former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Harry Lee Waterfield Sr. Governor Waterfield was elected twice Kentucky's Lt. Governor serving under Happy Chandler and then Ned Breathitt.
Harry Lee Waterfield Jr. currently serves as President of Investors Heritage Insurance in Frankfort. I am personally gratified by this appointment and know this may be the best appointment West Kentucky as received in the Beshear Administration. I claim a political heritage that includes Chandler, Waterfield and Collins so I share a sense of pride that Harry Lee Waterfield is coming home.
I really enjoyed talking with Harry Lee yesterday and sharing some memories of mutual friends and years gone by. I avoided all the controversial subjects because I know Harry Lee Waterfield will do what's in the best interest of Murray State University and the people of Western Kentucky. I will also say thank you Governor Beshear.