Gun range named in honor of former MSC Gunsmithing Program Chair Dean Arnold
The Murray State College Board of Regents paid tribute to Dean Arnold, former gunsmithing faculty member and program chair, by renaming the college’s gun range in his honor at their April meeting in Tishomingo.
Arnold, who served as MSC’s Gunsmithing Program Chair from 1989 until he retired in 2009, was the driving force behind creation of the gun range. He mobilized local law enforcement personnel to petition the college’s president to create the gunsmithing program as well as a shooting range to improve the classroom experience for students.
“It is a great honor to bring this recognition to Mr. Dean Arnold,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.
“He committed his heart and soul to make this dream a reality, even recruiting his children and wife as members of the work crew. Without Dean Arnold’s passion and determination to build a gun range at MSC, the project most likely would have remained on the drawing board,” added McDaniel.
Professor Arnold secured $120,000 in donations for construction of the gun range and oversaw all aspects of the project including design, surveying, dirt work, planting grass, building the range house and cutting the road leading to the range.
A resolution signed by members of the Board of Regents, stated that “In recognition and honor of Professor Arnold’s vision and leadership, the MSC Gun Range will forever hereafter be known officially as the Murray State College Dean Arnold Gun Range.”
In addition to implementing the gunsmithing program and overseeing creation of the gun range, Professor Arnold used his passion and commitment to bring about an affiliation between Murray State College and the National Rifle Association. This NRA partnership has allowed MSC to offer gunsmithing and law enforcement armorer courses each summer since 1994. Short-term summer NRA courses regularly include students and law enforcement officials from across the U.S. and other countries.