Eastern Kentucky University

Education
2:26 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

EKU Plans Response To White Supremacist Flyer Posted In Classroom Buildings

Racist flyer found posted in classroom buildings at Eastern Kentucky University.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

White supremacist flyers have circulated around the campus of Eastern Kentucky University that claim a “non-violent genocide” has been launched against so-called “white countries.”  

University spokesman Marc Whitt confirmed several flyers were posted in classroom buildings that serve police and firefighter trainees.  Whitt said an official investigation is underway.

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Education
2:27 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

EKU Gets Privately-Run Housing Complex

Student housing at Eastern Kentucky University is entering a new era.  Instead of state-funded dormitories, some EKU students will move into a privately-developed housing complex adjacent to campus.  The multi-floored ‘Grand Campus at Yorick Place’ sleeps 256 students.  Property Manager Taylor Armstead said the rooms are fully furnished.

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Higher Education
1:45 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University Unveils Voluntary Buyouts as Part of Restructuring

Come July first, the Eastern Kentucky University workforce picture takes on a new look.  The Richmond school has been undergoing restructuring as part of work by the Strategic Budget Reallocation Task Force.  127 employees at Eastern are taking a voluntary buy out package.  Their last day at E-K-U will be June 28th.  Human Resources Director Gary Barksdale says it’s unclear now how many ‘forced layoffs’ might occur.

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HIgher Education
12:49 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University's New President Approves Cuts

Cost cutting plans at Eastern Kentucky University were endorsed Friday by the school’s next president.  Doctor Michael Benson, who takes over as president this August, agreed to disassemble Continuing Education and Outreach at E-K-U…eliminating its top two officials.

The school will also review its regional campus program, close its center at Fort Knox and re-purpose its campus in Lancaster.   Benson also agreed to higher tuition at the Model Lab school, and at the Burrier Child Development Center. 

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Higher Education
2:45 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at EKU Commencement

Credit whitehouse.gov

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in  Eastern Kentucky University's May 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.  Whitlock says it caught the eye of Mrs. Obama.  A White House staff member asked if she could attend the University’s graduation ceremony.  Saying it was more than okay, Whitlock says the school was seeking a speaker for the third exercise. In fact, he says it was the only one her schedule would permit.

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Higher Education
3:16 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

EKU Selects Michael Benson as Next President

After a two-hour, closed-door meeting, regents at Eastern Kentucky University today named a new president.  Dr. Michael Benson will leave the top job at Southern Utah University and take over at EKU.  Board of Regents Chairman Craig Turner is “delighted” with Benson’s selection.

“I think his even-keeled demeanor, as we put it, will be accepted very easily here on campus, and we think he’s got the leadership qualities that we’re looking for,” said Turner.

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Higher Education
2:04 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

EKU Names Finalists for New President

Three finalists in the search for a new president at Eastern Kentucky University were unveiled Monday.   They are political scientist Michael Benson of Southern Utah University, Marketing professor Alan Shao, who's dean of the business school from the College of Charleston and Lamar University administrator Greg Lasson. 

Government
1:11 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

General Assembly Moves to Approve University Upgrades

Renovations to the University of Kentucky's football stadium and the University of Louisville are among the projects that will benefit from a bipartisan General Assembly agreement is allowing state universities to use their own ability to issue bonds for capital projects.

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