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Monday, February 11, 2013

EKU searching for ‘innovative, visionary leader’ to become school’s 12th president

Eastern Kentucky’s search for a new president has begun in earnest but an important deadline looms. Feb. 14 is the date recommended for applicants who want “full consideration” for the position, though nominations and applications will be accepted until an appointment is made.

Retiring EKU President Doug Whitlock

EKU is seeking a new president as current President Doug Whitlock retires at the end of this academic year. Dr. Whitlock who has served since 2007 as EKU’s 11th president will mark the end of more than 40 years of service to the university. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s there in 1965 and 1966 then joined the staff in 1968 as director of publications.

In 1976, he was tapped by President J.C. Powell to serve as executive assistant to the president, and he continued in that role through the administration of President Hanly Funderburk. From 1998 to 2003, he served as vice president for administrative affairs. He came out of retirement to serve as interim president in August 2007 and was named president in October 2007.

During his tenure, Eastern Kentucky University has garnered several national honors, including: designations by Forbes and U.S. News as being among America’s best colleges; distinctions as a community-engaged university by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Washington (D.C.) Monthly magazine; recognition for two consecutive years as one of America’s “Great Colleges to Work For,” by the Chronicle of Higher Education; recognition four consecutive years as a veterans-friendly campus by G.I. Jobs magazine; and  No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings the past two years by Military Times EDGE magazine with its “Best for Vets” honor.

Whitlock’s administration has also been marked by the opening of a New Science Building, the EKU Center for the Arts, the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and the Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT), among other projects and initiatives. The university has also acquired the historic Elmwood estate, and a new residence hall is under construction.

He has been lauded for his deep roots in the institution and for his strong leadership.

Nominations and applications for the position are being accepted and the review process has started.

Among the qualifications the board of regents have identified for a successful candidate are:

• Innovative and visionary leader with a success record of managing a complex organization(s)
• Commitment to academic excellence
• Accomplished in interpersonal communication and human relations; committed to diversity
• Success in developing and sustaining political and other external support
• Success in external friend and fundraising
• Demonstrated ability in budgetary and financial management
• An earned doctorate, a terminal degree, or the equivalent leadership credentials preferred

Applications should include: a letter describing the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position; a curriculum vitae or resume; a statement of how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications match the University’s mission, strategic direction and desired characteristics for the next president (as outlined in the Presidential Profile); and the names, addresses (including e-mail), and phone numbers for at least five references. All names will remain confidential except those individuals invited for campus interviews.

All nominations and applications should be in MS Word or PDF format and electronically filed to:


This search is being assisted by Dr. Carrie B. Hauser and Dr. James B. Appleberry. Questions may be addressed to cbh@academic-search.com or jba@academic-search.com. For additional information, click here or here.

Midway College has recently hired its 10th president, Dr. John P. Marsden, who officially began his duties on Feb. 1 (see KyForward story here.) Georgetown College is also conducting a search for a new president (see KyForward story here ) Interested parties should contact Dr. James Davis at jdavis@agbsearch.com). And the University of Kentucky is seeking a new Provost.



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