Morehead State University (MSU) is a public, co-educational university located in Morehead, Kentucky, United States in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, midway between Lexington, Kentucky, and Huntington, West Virginia. The school was founded in 1887 as Morehead Normal School, a church-supported teacher-training school. It was taken over by the state in 1922. The school's name changed as its mission broadened—to Morehead State Normal School and Teachers College in 1926, Morehead State Teachers College in 1930, Morehead State College in 1948, and Morehead State University in 1966. The 2014 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report named MSU one of the top 25 public universities in the South, the 10th straight year it has been so recognized. MSU was recognized in 2013 by The Daily Beast as a top underrated school. The school newspaper is The Trail Blazer. The campus is ranked among the safest in the nation.
Morehead State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 212 degree programs are available on the two-year, four-year and graduate levels through four colleges (Caudill College of Humanities, College of Business and Public Affairs, College of Education, and College of Science and Technology). Two-thirds of the faculty hold doctoral degrees. The average class size is 18. The student body represents 112 Kentucky counties, 43 states and 31 foreign countries. MSU supports its missions of teaching, applied research and public service through an annual budget of more than $135.7 million. Annual private gifts to the University average $3 million annually. It was the first institution in Kentucky to offer a complete degree program online, the Master of Business Administration (MBA). MSU is 1 of 5 institutions in the U.S. with a bachelor’s degree in space science. The University has erected a space tracking system in partnership with NASA. The second component of the Space Science Center opened in 2009 — a $16.6 million instruction and research support facility. MSU claims the state's best computer-student ratio in its computer laboratories, as well as offering students a program to lease university owned laptops while enrolled. 64,000 persons have received degrees from MSU.
Bernard Henry Kroger (January 24, 1860 – July 21, 1938), better known as Barney Kroger, was an American businessman who created the Kroger chain of supermarkets starting in 1883.
Kroger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio the fifth of ten children in a family of German immigrants. The family lived above a dry goods store that his parents owned, but Kroger was forced to go to work at age thirteen to help support his family. He quit his first job in a drug store because his religious mother objected to his working seven days a week. He then worked as a farmhand near Pleasant Plain, Ohio before contracting malaria and coming home.
Morehead is a 4th-class city located along U.S. 60 (the historic Midland Trail) and Interstate 64 in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 6,845 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.
It was the focal point of the Rowan County War and is the home of Morehead State University.