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EKU regional campuses offering free Wi-Fi to community students in Corbin and Manchester

In partnership with area high schools in Corbin and Manchester, the locations of its regional campuses, Eastern Kentucky University is offering free, outdoor guest Wi-Fi and indoor, desktop internet to students who can’t otherwise access broadband internet. “COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Keeping the internet accessible and reliable is more important...

EKU forms Historic Home Preservation Committee to evaluate best uses for several historic properties

Eastern Kentucky University has established a Historic Home Preservation Committee that is studying and evaluating the best uses for several historic properties owned by the university. The committee was created to examine the historical context of several properties owned by EKU for possible use by both the university and local community, and to identify immediate needs regarding stabilization of...

EKU unveils Veterans Education and Transition Support Center with dedication event

Eastern Kentucky University has long been known as an institution that supports veterans, and it has now unveiled a space that strengthens that support. EKU’s newly renovated Powell Building now boasts a 3,000 square foot facility dedicated to veterans attending the university. The EKU Veterans Education and Transition Support (VETS) Center was unveiled Tuesday morning, with Rep. Andy Barr and president...

McFaddin officially named EKU’s 14th president; board votes unanimously to remove interim tag

Dr. David McFaddin is Eastern Kentucky University’s 14th president after a special meeting of the Board of Regents on Thursday. The board voted unanimously to remove the interim from his title and will work out a contract with the president before December. McFaddin is currently paid $300,000 per year. “Today is truly the culmination of everything that is good about this institution. My job is...

Eastern Kentucky University suspends search, recommends McFaddin be appointed president

Eastern Kentucky University’s presidential search committee today voted unanimously to recommend to the University’s Board of Regents that the presidential search for EKU’s 14th president be permanently suspended, and interim president Dr. David McFaddin have his interim title removed and be appointed president. “The Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Search Committee met this afternoon...

EKU Board of Regents approve components of enrollment plan, return to campus for fall semester

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents have approved several components of an enrollment plan titled “The EKU Advantage.” “The EKU Advantage” includes freezing tuition, dining and housing rates at the same rates that students paid last fall, increasing available scholarship monies for need-based students, waiving application fees and several other requirements to ensure the university...

EKU discounting summer tuition for teachers in grad education programs; applications due May 5

The learning environment may be changing during the COVID-19 outbreak, but the commitment shown by Kentucky educators has not wavered. To show appreciation for the dedication shown by Kentucky teachers, Eastern Kentucky University is offering a Kentucky teacher tuition discount for graduate teacher education programs taken in summer 2020. The reduced tuition rate of $395 per credit hour will be available...

EKU donates personal protective equipment to first responders in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Kentucky University has stepped up to support the local community and region with personal protective equipment (PPE) to be distributed by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. These essential tools will help ensure first responders and healthcare workers on the frontlines are working safely while they meet the demands for health services in the...

EKU aviation program awarded Appalachian Regional Commission grant to purchase flight simulators

A nearly half-million-dollar investment in Eastern Kentucky will bring hands-on experience with Eastern Kentucky University’s highly touted aviation program directly to students in the service region. The purchase of two dozen virtual reality flight simulators, to be placed throughout the Appalachian region, is being made possible with a nearly $360,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission....

EKU Board of Regents names Dr. David McFaddin interim president; will assume duties on Jan. 6

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents named Dr. David McFaddin the school’s interim president after meeting in executive session at its regular board meeting on Dec. 12. McFaddin will assume the duties Jan. 6, when Dr. Michael Benson’s resignation takes effect. Before being named interim president, McFaddin was the senior vice president for operations and strategic initiatives at...

EKU’s top-ranked Criminal Justice program now available at Mountain Empire Community College

Eastern Kentucky University’s top-ranked Criminal Justice program made history as the first EKU program to be offered completely on-site and out of state. The program, already a popular choice among students at EKU’s regional campus sites in Manchester and Corbin, as well as numerous Kentucky Community and Technical College campuses throughout Eastern Kentucky, is now available to students attending...

WEKU’s Mike Savage elected to NPR Board of Directors; three-year term begins in November

WEKU director and general manager Mike Savage has been elected to the Board of Directors for National Public Radio (NPR). This is Savage’s second term as a member director. His three-year term begins in November. NPR’s 23-member Board of Directors is comprised of 12 member directors who are managers of NPR member stations and are elected to the board by their fellow member stations. Mike Savage The...