Published on February 20, 2013 by Casey
Murray State College, is a public, co-educational community college located in southeastern Oklahoma with the main campus located in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The college is named in honor of former Oklahoma Governor William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray.
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Murray State College also maintains a smaller campus in Ardmore, Oklahoma as one of four state higher education institutions that participate at the Ardmore Higher Education Center (the other three are Oklahoma State University, Southeastern State University, and East Central University).
Murray State College was established the Murray State School of Agriculture in accordance with a law passed by the first Oklahoma Legislature (approved May 20, 1908). Its first students, numbering about 100, were primarily Chickasaw and Choctaw. Federal funding paid for two dormitories opended in 1916 for Native American students. On March 17, 1924, the Oklahoma Legislature approved a measure to enable the institution to teach the first two years of higher educational instruction, and it become a community college, granting its first associate degrees in 1924.
Alfalfa Bill Murray’s nephew, Clive Murray, became president of the school in 1931 and remained until 1961. The school was renamed Murray State Agricultural College in 1955, and then Murray State College of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1967.
In 1972, the school was removed from the authority of the Board of Regents for Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges and given its own board of regents; in connection with this, the school was renamed Murray State College (not to be confused with Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky).
Murray State College’s mission statement is to provide “opportunities to maximize student learning and personal growth.” The college enrollment is approximately 2,500 students annually.