Eastern Kentucky University


Eastern Kentucky University and the City of Richmond are partnering to bring an assisted living community to the Madison County campus.   It’s expected to benefit seniors while also providing educational and employment opportunities for Eastern students.

Plans call for the assisted living facility to be developed, owned, and operated by a private enterprise. 

Model Lab School Welcomes New Principal

Jun 29, 2018
Stu Johnson

The new principal at Model Laboratory School on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus is excited about the opportunity to explore the school’s relationship with college students.   Naylor, who served as a Marine, is optimistic about seeing a new Model building near its current location.

David Naylor has been an educator for 13 years. In recent years he’s worked in Florida as an assistant principal at a fine arts academy and an elementary school.

He comes to Model as the school community is exploring a new building.

Stu Johnson

Model Laboratory School in Richmond will, for now, be staying as is. Eastern Kentucky University officials had considered becoming a charter school as a way to help fund construction of a new facility.

EKU President Outlines Potential Budget Reductions

Mar 22, 2018

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson is alerting the university community of far reaching cost saving measures now under consideration.  That could include job reductions totaling 200.

In a campus wide email, Benson said the Budget Advisory Committee was charged with coming up with a plan to deal with an anticipated $25 million budget impact over the 2019-2020 fiscal years.  He says the budget dilemma involves additional pension costs, along with projected state cuts in funding, plus decreased tuition revenues.

EKU Men's Head Basketball Coach Dan McHale Let Go

Feb 26, 2018

Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach Dan McHale has been let go.  Word of his termination as head coach came Monday from Athletics Director Steve Lochmueller. McHale just completed his third year at EKU, compiling a 38 and 55 record with an 11 and 20 mark this season. 

McHale spoke with Eastern play-by-play announcer Greg Stotelmyer following Saturday’s season ending loss at Morehead.

Stu Johnson

Preliminary work continues to convert Eastern Kentucky University’s Model Laboratory School into a charter school.  Come January a steering committee will tackle a number of key issues.


Eastern Kentucky University is considering freezing student tuition for a year.   Word of the proposal was announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday.

Cheri Lawson

Eastern Kentucky University officials estimate as many as a thousand children and adults participated in activities on the school’s Richmond campus during this Monday's solar eclipse.


Many of them gathered in the courtyard outside the Perkins Building and the Hummel Planetarium.


Here are the reactions of some of them:

Ky Universities Proposing Separate Pension System

Aug 16, 2017
Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says a proposal for state schools to move out of the state retirement system is under discussion.  

The university president spoke during the annual convocation before faculty and staff Tuesday in Richmond. 


Eastern Kentucky University’s nearly 2000 Richmond campus employees are returning this week to a more traditional work schedule.
That comes following a summer with a modified schedule, all in the name of saving energy.



The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a  new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

The board also heard details about a proposed statewide student fee to help meet campus facility needs.


Eastern Kentucky University has announced it will privatize custodial and grounds maintenance on its Richmond campus. 

The new contract goes into effect in August.


The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has adopted tuition, room and board, and meal plan rates for the fall semester.  The board Monday also got an update on campus construction projects.

The EKU board voted to increase undergraduate resident tuition by 5%, or $214 dollar per semester.  In addition, the meal plan costs will go up 3.5%.  The regents acted to up residence hall rates by about 10%, with some variation among dorms and living arrangements.  The  tuition rates must still go before the State Council on Postsecondary Education for its approval.

EKU Events Recognize American Chestnut

Apr 20, 2017
Stu Johnson

With this month’s Arbor Day recognition fast approaching, officials at Eastern Kentucky University staged various tree related activities at the historic Elmwood estate Thursday. The emphasis was on the American Chestnut.

'Living With Animals,' Focus of Conference at EKU

Mar 23, 2017

Eastern Kentucky University is hosting its biennial "Living with Animals" conference.  The international conference includes presenters and attendees from countries like Germany, France, Denmark, and Sweden.    


Police on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University are investigating an attempted burglary on campus that caused a campus-wide alert.

EKU officials say the call came in around 2:30 yesterday (Sun) morning of a person trying to break into the Grand Campus apartments at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Barnes Mill Rd.

A safety alert was sent out telling students to stay in place and seek shelter.

A few minutes later, another alert was sent out saying a person tried to break into the apartments with a gun, then threatened to shoot through the door before leaving.

EKU Senior Serves on Higher Ed Policy Group

Oct 4, 2016

An Eastern Kentucky University senior from Hollywood, Florida is making his mark on Kentucky’s higher education policy organization.  The political science major is serving on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Madison Students Schooled in Financial Reality

Oct 4, 2016
Stu Johnson

A large group of Madison County 8th graders have been schooled in adulthood budgetary decision making.  Monday brought a dose of reality at the ‘Reality Store’ at Eastern Kentucky University.

The students are assigned a profession and then set about making decisions about everything from a car purchase to daycare to groceries, based on estimated earnings. 


Educators at Kentucky’s Community and Technical Colleges and universities are establishing a new strategy for incoming freshmen with below-benchmark academic achievement scores. Officials from Kentucky schools gathered last week at Eastern Kentucky University.

Participants at the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education conference focused on corequisite course work. A corequisite is a course of study required to be taken simultaneously with another.


Various positions regarding ‘concealed weapons’ have been discussed at Eastern Kentucky University Friday, during the first Campus Safety Summit.

Repairs Underway on EKU Pedway

Sep 15, 2016
Stu Johnson

Reconstruction work is progressing on a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. A contractor hopes to see the affected roadway reopen next week.

A commercial truck with a raised hydraulic lift plowed into the overhead walkway Friday.  Danny Price is Vice President of Contractor E.C. Matthews. He says removal work this week will hopefully pave the way for re-opening a portion of Lancaster Avenue next week.

EKU Regents Consider Suspending Academic Programs

Aug 19, 2016


This year's tight financial situation is causing Eastern Kentucky University officials to consider suspending a total of 21 academic programs.  Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost Janna Vice brought the matter before the Board of Regents during a special meeting Thursday.

The proposed cuts are only recommendations at this point.  The discussion is, in part, due to a $7 million budget reduction planned for the 2017/18 fiscal year.  Any decision to suspend the academic programs would not affect current students. 

John Hingsbergen

As faculty and staff prepare for the Fall Academic Term, Eastern Kentucky University’s President gave his annual convocation address yesterday. Dr. Michael Benson projected an upbeat attitude about the school’s present and future.    

Lexington Jail Staff Respond to Questions About Work Environment

Jun 20, 2016


Over 90% of Lexington’s sworn jail staff have been quizzed about their work environment at the detention center.  Council committee members were briefed last week.

School Resource Officers Say Social Media Issues Loom Large

Jun 14, 2016


School Resource Officers from across Kentucky are meeting at Eastern Kentucky University.  They are being briefed on everything from constitutional rights of students to social media trends.

National Environmental Health Director Comes to EKU

Apr 19, 2016

The director of the National Environmental Health Association believes one day many pollutants from fossil fuel combustion will be greatly reduced.  Dr.

New EKU Student Group to Hear from Violence Survivors

Apr 4, 2016

A new student-based organization at Eastern Kentucky University is looking to hear from survivors of violence. Organizers of Students Against Violence at EKU, or SAVE, are staging their first meeting Tuesday night. Sierrah Anderson, EKU sponsor for the student group, says it’s about increasing awareness and involving students in changing the campus climate. 

EKU 2015 Freshman Class One of School’s Largest

Aug 21, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus is overflowing with new faces. Friday is move-in day for what is expected to be one of EKU’s largest incoming freshman classes ever.  Don Garza of Springfield, Kentucky says his brother, already an Eastern student, encouraged him to enroll. Garza says he knows it will be a brand new experience.  “Meeting some new friends, just hanging out, different experience from high school, grow up a little bit,” said Garza.

Neubauer Leaves EKU to Take Head Coaching Job at Fordham

Mar 30, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach is taking a new job at Fordham University.  Jeff Neubauer exits EKU as the second winningest coach in the school’s history.

Neubauer came to the Richmond school in 2005 and in his second season guided the Colonels to an OVC crown and NC double A birth.  EKU returned to the Big Dance in 2014, losing in an opening round game to Kansas.  The 80 wins over the last four years at Eastern are the most ever during that period of time in school history.

Eastern Standard: EKU President Benson on "Snow Days" etc.

Feb 15, 2015

A change of plans from the originally-scheduled topic, which we will be re-scheduling at a later date. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us to discuss how the university handles "snow days," terroristic threats and other matters.

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