eastern kentucky university

6:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

EKU's Doug Whitlock Retires

Doug Whitlock
Credit Eastern Kentucky University

A man with more than four decades of service to Eastern Kentucky University steps retires today.

President Doug Whitlock concludes almost six years at the helm of the public university. Whitlock’s long history with EKU began as a student worker, helping with the university’s public relations. His first full-time position came in 1968, when he took over as director of publications. Whitlock remembers studying the management styles of other EKU presidents—educators like Bob Martin, J.C. Powell, and Hanly Funderburk.

Read more
3:50 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Michelle Obama to Speak at Eastern Kentucky University Commencement

Barack and Michelle Obama
Credit Creative Commons

First Lady Michelle Obama will come to Eastern Kentucky University in May to participate in the spring commencement ceremony.

EKU President Doug Whitlock says his office got a call from a member of the First Lady’s staff almost a week ago. Eastern is receiving national attention for the help it gives veterans working to further their education.

Read more
2:09 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University Chooses New President

Credit suu.edu

Michael Benson will be the next president of Eastern Kentucky University.

Benson, currently head of Southern Utah University, was chosen Friday after a closed-door session of the EKU Board of Regents.

Benson takes over an institution with shrinking enrollment, that’s undergone dramatic budget cuts and staff reductions.

Board of Regents Chairman Craig Turner says the new president can now be the good cop and help heal staff morale.

Read more
2:26 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University President Warns of Layoffs

Credit Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University's president is warning of campus layoffs as the school prepares to reallocate 10 percent of its budget.

In an email sent this week to faculty and staff on the Richmond campus, EKU President Doug Whitlock did not specify how many jobs would be cut or when. He said there's no way the budget reallocation can be made without a workforce reduction.

Whitlock promised that the process of deciding on layoffs will be done in a "fair and humane" way.

Read more
Local News
4:14 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

EKU's Rugby Team Suspended During Hazing Investigation

Eastern Kentucky University officials have suspended the school’s club rugby team following hazing allegations.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says the suspension means more than not playing games. The student-run team cannot meet, practice, have parties or do anything together as a group. Reagle said the prohibition is for the safety of team members.

Read more
11:29 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Richmond Wonders: Are We a University Community or a Community With a University?

The presidential search committee for Eastern Kentucky University has been established.

Current President Doug Whitlock will retire next summer. Former State Senator and Richmond City Manager Ed Worley will serve on the eleven-member committee. He says it's important to find a president who is comfortable with business and academia.

Read more
10:38 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Whitlock to Retire As EKU President


During a meeting this morning of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  

Read more