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EKU president’s upcoming book to spotlight ’one of the most remarkable figures’ in history of higher ed

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson’s next book will spotlight “one of the most remarkable figures in the history of American higher education.” As president of fledgling Johns Hopkins University from 1875 to 1901, Daniel Coit Gilman “created the prototype for the modern research university.” When the University’s namesake, wealthy philanthropist Johns Hopkins, passed away...

New book co-authored by EKU president examines role of higher education on American Democracy

“The link between democracy and higher education has long been embedded in the American story.” That’s how co-authors Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson and Hal Boyd open the first chapter of “College for the Commonwealth: A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy,” newly published by University Press of Kentucky. Benson and Boyd, a former special assistant to Benson...

EKU President Michael Benson rated highly in evaluation by faculty, staff and external stakeholders

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 24, accepted an evaluation by faculty, staff and external stakeholders of President Michael Benson. In separate surveys, the majority of each group, including 100 percent of external stakeholders, rated Benson as effective or very effective. Michael Benson After an open discussion of the evaluation, the Board...

Eastern Kentucky University sets new record with $8.9 million in private support

In the midst of the most ambitious campus revitalization initiative in the institution’s history, Eastern Kentucky University recently concluded a record year for private support. The University finished the fiscal year that concluded June 30 with $8.9 million in gifts and commitments, a nearly 100 percent increase over the previous year. Included in the total were $4.4 million in cash and in-kind...

Back to School: ‘Growth Happens Here’ the theme for EKU’s fall convocation

“Growth Happens Here.” That was the theme for the faculty and staff fall convocation at Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday, but no one had to attend the annual event to know that. The signs are evident any direction you look on the Richmond campus: · Continued construction of the second phase of the University’s New Science Building. When joined to the first phase, the facility will...

Plan to include all EKU students in public service captures top prize in Campus Challenge

A proposal to involve all Eastern Kentucky University students in public service has captured the top prize in the school’s first Campus Challenge competition. According to the team, EKU would be the first public university in Kentucky, and one of just a few nationwide, to adopt such a requirement. “Race to the Next Greatest Generation: Making EKU a Force for Good,” developed by construction...

‘All my life I’ve had this dream’: 91-year-old WW II vet returns to college, gets degree

EKU President Michael Benson presents Glenmore Jones with his associate degree as members of Jones’ family look on. From left, family friend Beth Stewart, granddaughter Victoria West, granddaughter Savannah West, granddaughter Emily West, daughter Mindy West, wife Carolyn Jones, Glenmore Jones, President Benson, sister Sondra Wilson, daughter Paula DeWitt and niece Tica Welsh. (Photo by Stephanie...

Historic 36-bell carillon will be silent no more as EKU undertakes major restoration project

Eastern Kentucky University’s carillon fell into disrepair in recent years. A restoration project should be completed this spring. (Photo from EKU)   The arrival of spring at Eastern Kentucky University is marked annually by an explosion of floral color and fragrance. If all goes as planned, however, spring 2014 at EKU will also tickle the ears.   Silent and in need of repair for several...