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Ted Bassett headlines honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow 2020 Vision Awards Breakfast on Wednesday

Ted Bassett, who spent more than 40 years as president, general manager and chairman of the board and trustee at the Keeneland Association, headlined the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast on Wednesday at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort. Ted Bassett Also among the honorees are Dr. Michael Benson, former president of Eastern Kentucky University, Walker Hancock of Claiborne Farm,...

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 president Dr. Michael Benson stepping down; national search to be conducted for next president

Dr. Michael Benson announced he will step down as president of Eastern Kentucky University effective Jan. 6. Benson, in his seventh year of service, will work with EKU Board Chairman Lewis Diaz along with the Board of Regents and the President’s Council to ensure a smooth transition. “It has been a singular privilege and honor to serve as EKU’s 13th President,” said Benson. “Thanks to the...

Kentucky Book Fair: History and politics book selections offer rich choices at Saturday’s event,

History and politics are always popular genres at the Kentucky Book Fair, and this year’s selection of books will give Kentucky history buffs plenty to read about. Prolific biographer, renowned historian, and New York Times bestselling author H.W. Brands begins the day on the University of Kentucky Main Stage in conversation with Dr. Michael Benson about his newest book, Heirs of the Founders: The...

EKU honors program endowment to receive additional $300,000 from Chinese business executive

Since 1990, the Eastern Kentucky University Honors Program has sent more than 900 student presenters to the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council – a number that far surpasses that of any other Honors college or program in the nation. Now, a recent endowment gift will enable EKU Honors students to “extend and deepen the program’s tradition of excellence and national leadership,”...