9:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

EKU Student Found Dead in Dorm Room

A senior from Prestonsburg was found dead late Monday night in his dorm room at Eastern Kentucky University.

No foul play is suspected in the death of 24-year-old Benji Fish, who was an environmental health science major. 

The EKU Police and the Madison County Coroner’s Office are investigating. A final toxicology report is anticipated in two weeks.

5:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

EKU Gives Buyout Packages to Employees

Eastern Kentucky University says it's giving the buyouts to 127 workers who applied for them and were accepted.

The school's executive director of human resources, Gary Barksdale, says most people who chose the buyout are rank-and-file staff workers. The program was not made available to faculty or vice presidents.

Buyout packages were calculated based on an employee's years of service. They include a $1,500 payment for health insurance costs.

4:36 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama to Give Commencement Address at EKU

Michelle Obama
Credit www.whitehouse.gov

Michelle Obama's commencement speaking schedule is taking her to Kentucky and Tennessee.

The White House announced Thursday that Mrs. Obama will address graduates at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond on May 11. She's also speaking to graduating seniors at the Martin Luther King Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering in Nashville, Tenn., on May 18.

Eastern Kentucky was chosen for its commitment to veterans' education. The MLK magnet school recently opened a community supported wellness center and students tend to a community garden. Veterans and health and wellness are causes of the first lady.

The magnet school has also been recognized for its curriculum and high graduation rate.

5:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

EKU Preparing for Staff Reductions, Possible Layoffs

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a plan to reduce staff in an effort to reallocate $23 million.

The Richmond school said in a news release Tuesday that the regents approved a combination of layoffs, staff voluntary buyouts and faculty early retirements to achieve its goals. EKU has about 2,100 full-time faculty and staff on its main campus and regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, Manchester and Somerset.

According to the school's website on the staff reductions, the number of layoffs won't be determined until voluntary buyouts are concluded. EKU says it's seen a 15.2% decline in state support over the last five years.

8:47 am
Sat February 9, 2013

EKU President Warns of Possible Layoffs

Eastern Kentucky University's president warned of possible campus layoffs as part of a multi-million-dollar budget reallocation meant to free up money to bolster academic programs and boost salaries for faculty and staff.

In an email this week to faculty and staff, EKU President Doug Whitlock did not specify how many jobs might be cut or when. EKU has about 2,100 full-time faculty and staff on its main campus in Richmond and regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, Manchester and Somerset.

"There will be no way to accomplish what we need to do without a reduction in our work force," Whitlock said. "I am committed to this being a fair and humane process, but it must also be one driven by our decisions relative to core mission."

The university released the email to the media on Friday.

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6:24 am
Tue December 4, 2012

EKU Student Arrested After Note Prompts Dorm Evacuation

Authorities in Richmond have charged an Eastern Kentucky University student with terroristic threatening after a note was found on a dorm refrigerator. According to the Richmond Register, 18-year-old Jacob A. Walker was booked into the Madison County Detention Center Monday night.

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8:07 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Former Lawmaker to Help EKU with Presidential Search

A public figure with extensive state and local government experience is among those people who will help Eastern Kentucky University find a new president. EKU President Doug Whitlock announced in August he would retire next summer.

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9:13 am
Wed August 15, 2012

EKU President Announces He's Retiring

During a Wednesday morning meeting with faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  Whitlock, who has spent his entire higher education career at EKU, says his administration will end at the conclusion of this academic year.

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