An MSU graduate who received his bachelor's degree and his M.B.A. at Murray, Henley said Murray State has always been close and dear to my heart. "I have never kept pay taken for public service, always donating any salary received to a scholarship account with the Murray State University Foundation," he said. "Scholarships enable young men and women to further their educations and open new opportunities to them which might otherwise not be available."
After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1964, Henley began his 32-year tenure with MSU as associate chemistry professor, later being named interim chair and then chair of the chemistry department prior to his retirement in 1996.
A former MSU faculty regent member, and vice chair of the board, from 1983-86, Henley also served as the mayor of Murray, Ky., from 1978-82.
A native of Murray and a 1954 graduate of the Murray Training School, Henley believes that education is an important element in attaining a full and productive life. Through the contribution of Henley's legislative salary he wants to assist worthy students who are in need of financial support in their MSU studies. "I attended Murray State on the G.I. Bill, and the availability of this government-financed grant enabled me to receive a degree, which otherwise might not have been available to me," Henley said.
Dr. Tim Miller, director of the MSU Foundation, said Dr. Melvin Henley has always valued and supported higher education. "The contribution of his legislative salary sends the right kind of message, indicating how important education is to all Kentuckians," he said. "We appreciate his dedication and service to all in this region."
As state representative, Henley serves on the Economic Development, Transportation and Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs committees.