Eastern Kentucky University Selects New President

Apr 5, 2013

RICHMOND, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky University has named its new president. Michael T. Benson, president of Southern Utah University, will succeed retiring president Doug Whitlock.

Michael Benson
Michael Benson
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Benson, one three finalists who visited campus over several days, was chosen unanimously by the EKU Board of Regents following a 2 ½ hour closed door meeting. Other finalists included Alan Shao, from the College of Charleston, and Gregg Lassen, vice president for finance at Lamar University.  

Board chair Craig Turner praised Benson’s commitment to education and his track record in Utah. The transition process could start within a week, but Benson’s first day on the job will be August 1st.

Benson takes over an institution with shrinking enrollment that’s undergone dramatic budget cuts and staff reductions.