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Murray State alumna Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton returns to campus to speak at 1969 Golden Reunion Dinner

Murray State University alumna and former Board of Regents member Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, ’69, will return to campus once again as the honorary speaker for the Class of 1969 Golden Reunion Dinner Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

The dinner is part of Homecoming Weekend festivities, taking place Oct. 17–19.

“The reunion dinner will be an opportunity to see friends, to give hugs, shake hands and revisit some memories of the past, but also to deliver the message that Murray State is a great place to have graduated from and a great place to be,” Thornton said.

Jerry Sue Thornton

Since graduating from Murray State with her bachelor’s degree in 1969, Thornton has excelled in her higher education career. She is currently the CEO of Dream Catcher Educational Services, advising new college and university presidents. She also serves on several boards and has worked with numerous organizations, such as the American Association of Community Colleges, to guide and set a vision for community colleges in the 21st century.

Thornton gives credit to Murray State as the launchpad from which she began her career. With Homecoming approaching, she has reflected on her time as a young student: the memories, the people, what she learned and how she grew.

“There were quality academic programs and excellent professors who really cared about you, beyond just student-teacher relationships,” Thornton said. “They cared about you personally and how you were doing — if you were too tired, if you were overworking.”

As she prepares for her upcoming return to her alma mater, Thornton looks forward to seeing the growth and development. She enjoys seeing new buildings, hearing of new academic programs and experiencing the vibrancy of university life — including Homecoming. For her, Homecoming Weekend brings back fond memories and reminds her of good times with friends and family.

Throughout her successes and endeavors beyond the gates of campus, Thornton continues to be a proud Racer alumna, giving back through the Jerry Sue and John Barlow Pritchett Minority Scholarship and her prior service on the Board of Regents.

For more information about the Golden Reunion or to register, please visit murraystate.edu/alumni/goldenreunion.aspx by Oct. 10. A full Homecoming schedule is available at murraystate.edu/homecoming.

From Murray State University

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