Eastern Kentucky native named interim president of EKU after Michael Benson's resignation

Published: Dec. 11, 2019 at 10:59 AM EST
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An Eastern Kentucky native will lead Eastern Kentucky University on an interim basis.

That is according to

EKU's school newspaper.

David McFaddin graduated from Johnson Central and is a 2002 graduate of EKU.

The Board of Regents voted to make him interim president during a meeting Thursday, December 12th.

He takes over for Michael Benson, who stepped down as president earlier this week.


In a letter to staff, Eastern Kentucky University's President Michael Benson announced he is stepping down.

Benson's departure is effective January 6th. However, Benson will remain as an advisor to the Board of Regents through the period of the presidential transition.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, staff and community," Benson said, adding, "Thank you for taking us in and making us a part of the EKU Colonel Family. This has become our home. We have tried to reciprocate your kindness by doing our best on behalf of this remarkable institution and its outstanding people."

In his letter, Benson explained how EKU continues to grow academically on campus and online and helped transform the lives of thousands of its students.

What is next for Benson?

He plans to start working on his next book, with the working title "Every Epoch Requires a Fresh Start." The title is from a quote by Daniel Goit Gilman, the first president of Johns Hopkins University, and the subject of his book.

"Having the opportunity to lead this institution represents some of the most exciting and rewarding years of my career. It is also one of the great privileges of my life. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the inspiring tradition that is EKU," Benson said.

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