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Eastern Kentucky University board bids farewell to Chair Craig Turner, elects Regent Lewis Turner

Eastern Kentucky University’s January 9 Board of Regents meeting was uncharacteristically emotional as the Colonel Community bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chair Craig Turner. The board unanimously elected Regent Lewis Diaz as Turner’s successor. A Cuban native, Diaz is EKU’s first minority Board of Regents Chair. He graduated from EKU with an undergraduate degree in 2000 and a master’s degree...

EKU regents approve program suspensions, eliminate 96 currently filled faculty, staff poitions

Faced with the need to recoup $25 million in recurring costs, a task made necessary largely by declines in state funding and increased pension obligations, the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents today suspended several academic programs and eliminated 96 currently filled faculty and staff positions. Benson “It truly is a perfect storm and financial reckoning the likes of which EKU has never...

Chairman of EKU Board of Regents announces donation of $1 million for academic, facility initiatives

As chair of the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents the past four years, Craig Turner knows firsthand that the need for private support of the institution has never been greater. It is why he and wife Madonna, both EKU alums, are also among the University’s most generous financial supporters. The University recently announced a $1 million leadership gift commitment from the Turners for a...

EKU dedicates final phase of $130 million science building; school hopes to be leader in STEM fields

A musical piece commissioned for the grand opening ceremonies Friday of the new Science Building at Eastern Kentucky University was aptly titled “Emergence Fanfare for Brass Quintet.” When Phase 2 of the facility was joined to Phase 1 this year, it gave EKU the largest such facility on any college campus in the Commonwealth and signaled the emergence of the University as a leader in preparing students...

Facing $11.1 million deficit, EKU regents announce suspension of 10 degree programs

In a strategic move designed to focus on key student success initiatives and better position the institution for future success in a rapidly changing higher education landscape, the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved several changes in academic programs. The Board, meeting in special session on Monday, Dec. 5, earmarked several academic programs for redesign to be more efficient...

Tuition increases OK’d by Eastern’s regents; across-the-board raise out for faculty, staff

Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents have approved a 2.95 percent increase in undergraduate tuition for Kentucky residents. Full-time resident undergraduates will now pay $3,768 per semester.   Resident graduate tuition will increase $15 per credit hour, or 3.41 percent.   Meanwhile, EKU faculty and staff will not receive an across-the-board raise for 2013-14. The board also...

EKU to reduce staff, redirect funds to address budgetary constraints, meet strategic goals

Staff report   The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a plan to “Reinvest in Eastern Kentucky University” that includes reallocating $23 million, or 10 percent of the its operating budget, and reducing the size of its workforce.   The plan addresses budgetary constraints due to declining state appropriations and potential budget reductions, according to an...