Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Judge Jeff S. Taylor to the Murray State University Board of Regents

Press Release Date:  Saturday, September 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Judge Taylor’s appointment effectively immediately

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of Judge Jeff S. Taylor, of Owensboro, to the Murray State University Board of Regents.

The appointment is effective immediately.

“I am pleased Judge Taylor has agreed to accept this appointment,” said Governor Fletcher. “Judge Taylor is highly respected by those in legal circles as well as in the academic community. He has been a steadfast supporter of Murray State University, and I am delighted he will be able to continue his service in this capacity.”

"I'm honored to be selected to serve on the Murray State Board of Regents and look forward to helping to move the university forward," said Judge Jeff Taylor.

Wells Lovett, a former Murray State Regent and grandson of Murray State University’s founder Rainey T. Wells, said of the appointment, “Judge Jeff Taylor is an outstanding appointment. He is a person of absolute integrity and intense loyalty to Murray State. He will exercise sound judgment to ensure that every student sees the best university education possible for the dollars allocated. Judge Taylor will be a voice for unity.”

Judge Taylor is a member of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He is a 1971 graduate of Elizabethtown High School. Judge Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Murray State University (1975) and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Memphis State University (1976). He obtained his law degree, with honors, from the University of Louisville in 1982.

Judge Taylor was born in Ft. Knox, Hardin County, Kentucky, in 1953 and raised in Daviess County. Judge Taylor practiced law in Owensboro for over 20 years and was a sole practitioner from 1990 until his election to the Court of Appeals in November of 2003.

Judge Taylor has served on the Murray State University School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and the Murray State University Racer Foundation.

Judge Taylor is a Past-President of the Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a Past-President of the Daviess County Bar Association. Taylor is also a Past-President of the Daviess County Public Defender Corporation and Daviess County Lawyer Referral Service. He is a member of the Kentucky, American and Daviess County Bar Associations. Taylor is a Life Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Bar Association Foundation and a member of the Brandeis Honor Society. He received a Donated Legal Services Recognition Award from the Kentucky Bar Association in 1999 and 2000.

Taylor is a member of the Owensboro Daviess County Chamber of Commerce, Past-President of the Owensboro Kiwanis Club and serves on the Board of Trustees for Girls Incorporated. Judge Taylor is a past board member of the Owensboro Daviess County Committee on Aging. He has been a frequent United Way volunteer and has also been a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Boy Scouts Law Explorers. Judge Taylor serves on the Board of Directors for the Daviess County Public Schools Foundation.

Judge Taylor is married to the former Betty Keller. She has one son and they have 2 grandchildren.