Howard, Martin appointed to MSU Board of Regents


Eric E. Howard

Wayne Martin

MOREHEAD – Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Eric E. Howard, of Lexington, and Wayne Martin, of Winchester, to the Morehead State University Board of Regents. Both will serve terms that expire June 30, 2021.

“We are delighted with the appointments of Eric Howard and Wayne Martin to the MSU Board of Regents,” said President Wayne D. Andrews. “Both are MSU alumni and deeply committed to our University and mission. They support our goal of becoming the best public regional university in the South.”

Howard is human resources manager for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. He succeeds John C. Merchant, whose term expired. Merchant served as a regent since 2003.

Prior to being named human resources manager, Howard served nearly 13 years as program supervisor for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. From 1988-1996, he worked for Toyota in Georgetown as instructor and project manager/quality control manager.

Howard is an MSU alumnus having graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Management degrees. He is currently president of the MSU Alumni Association.

Martin succeeds Julie A. Butcher, of Lexington, whose term expired. Butcher has been a member of the Board of Regents since 2009.

Martin previously served as regional vice president for Gray Television Inc., president of Gray Kentucky Television Inc., which operates WKYT-TV in Lexington, WYMT-TV in Hazard, and WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, all in Kentucky, and president of WVLT-TV, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Martin began his career in broadcast television management at WYMT, where he was general sales manager and general manager.

Before entering broadcasting, Martin had a successful career as a college and high school basketball coach. As head coach at Morehead State University from 1978-1987, he led the Eagles to two NCAA tournaments. At Pikeville College, where he was head coach and athletic director, Martin’s teams made three national tournament appearances. He also served as assistant basketball coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and head basketball coach and business teacher at Pikeville High School.

Martin graduated with honors from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in business degree, a Master of Arts in Education degree and Rank I Administrative Certification.

MSU’s 11-member governing board is comprised of eight citizens appointed by the governor and three elected representatives of the faculty, staff and students.

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